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Zotero Complete Guide

New to Zotero? Take the Workshop!

Learn how to install and use Zotero in an asynchronous, self-paced D2L workshop. Light reading, short videos, small quizzes. In less than 2 hours, you'll know everything necessary to begin using Zotero to organize and cite your sources.

What is Zotero?

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  • Free citation management tool
  • Desktop application with cloud-based backup
  • Easily import reference metadata and screenshots or PDFs from the web, library catalogs, or databases
    • Zotero Connector browser extension streamlines imports
  • Integrates with word processors and Google Docs for easy in-text citations and References formatting
    • Automatically embeds into word processor when you download Zotero Connector 
  • Zotero Groups: share references between group members or classmates 
  • PDF organization and maximum of 300 MB of storage
    • If you run out of Zotero storage, email librarian at mghihp dot edu

Quick Set-Up Instructions

  1. Create Zotero account. 
    • An account isn't required, but in order to sync your account across multiple devices, youll need to register.
    • You are not restricted to your IHP email. Use whichever email you prefer.
  2. At Zotero Download page, choose which version(s) you want.
    • Download Zotero for your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    • Download Zotero Connector browser extension for your primary browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.)

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Zotero Bib

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  • ZoteroBib helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.
  • It’s brought to you by the team behind Zotero, the powerful open-source research tool recommended by thousands of universities worldwide, so you can trust it to help you seamlessly add sources and produce perfect bibliographies.
  • If you need to reuse sources across multiple projects or build a shared research library, we recommend using Zotero instead.

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