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Zotero Complete Guide

New to Zotero? Take the Workshop!

The Zotero workshop is an asynchronous self-paced workshop in D2L that helps you get set-up and learn the basics of Zotero. In less than 2 hours, you'll know everything necessary to begin using Zotero to organize and cite your sources.

Click here to enroll and start learning.

What is Zotero?


Zotero is a free citation management tool whose central feature is that it can easily and accurately import items directly from the web. It has a desktop application as well as a "Browser Connector" to make it work with most major browsers.

Zotero also integrates into Microsoft Word and GoogleDocs for easy citation insertion and reference list creation. Zotero is automatically inserted into Google Docs when you download the Connector. For Word, you'll need to download the Word plugin.

And if you want to be able to share citations between group members or classmates, Zotero has sharing capability as well.

Zotero has PDF organization and a maximum of 300 MB of storage. If you run out, just contact someone on the library staff to let us know.

Quick Set-Up Instructions

  1. Create your Zotero account. 
    1. An account isn't required, but in order to sync your account across multiple devices, youll need to register.
    2. You are not restricted to your IHP email and may use whichever email address you prefer.
  2. At the Zotero Download page, you can choose which version(s) you want.

Do you need to import your library from RefWorks? Take a look at our page about Transitioning from RefWorks to Zotero for step-by-step instructions.


More Help

Use this guide to learn about and practice all of Zotero's features. The tabs on the right hand side will lead you to more information.

For in-person assistance, please request an appointment with a librarian.