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TED 2113 (Zotero training): Home

What is Zotero?

What Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a browser tool that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice.

Zotero works with the following browsers:

  • Firefox (with an embedded browser plugin)
  • Chrome (using a standalone program & browser connector)
  • Safari (using a standalone program & browser connector)

Downloading Zotero

  • To install the Zotero Firefox extension, visit the Zotero download page with Firefox and click the red “Zotero for Firefox” button on the left. If a box appears above the web page with “Firefox prevented this site ( from asking you to install software on your computer.”, click the “Allow” button. Then click the “Install Now” button in the “Software Installation” pop up window (the button may be grayed out for a few seconds) and restart Firefox after the installation has completed. You should now see the Zotero button () in the status bar in the right bottom corner of your Firefox browser window.
  • To install Zotero Standalone (works with Chrome & Safari), visit the Zotero download page and click on the red “Zotero for {Your Operating System}” button on the right. Your browser will download the setup file, which you would then use to install Zotero just like any other application on your computer. Make sure to also add the appropriate Zotero Connector for your browser (see buttons under the Zotero Standalone button) to enable one-click metadata scraping from websites.

Zotero for Firefox

Zotero Standalone (for Chrome & Safari)


  1. Download Zotero for your preferred browser.


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