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How to Use Zotero

Free software that automates the gathering of citations/PDFs, allows you to organize them, store them, take notes on your PDFs.

Download, Create, Sync


  1. Install the 6.0 version for Linux, Mac OS or PC.  If you have a Chromebook, follow these directions.
  2. Install the extension for your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge).
  3. Restart your browser.

Create an Account

  1. Create a Zotero account.  This'll allow you to access your Zotero library on any computer with Internet access. 
  2. From your computer desktop, open Zotero.


To sync your citations and files online across multiple devices.... 

  1. Choose Edit.
  2. Choose Preferences.
  3. Choose Sync tab.
  4. Enter your Zotero account information.
  5. Do this on all the computers you use and Zotero will automatically sync.