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How to use Zotero to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

Welcome to the Zotero Research Guide!

What does Zotero do? Zotero is a free and easy tool that helps you:

  • Organize and annotate research
  • Manage and make citations
  • Read and annotate PDFs
  • Create bibliographies 
  • Collaborate on research with a group
  • Share your research sources


This Quick Start guide gives you information on Zotero in a nutshell!

Installing Zotero

Zotero will run on any operating system. Installation only takes a few seconds.

  1. Download TWO THINGS:
    • the Zotero program
    • the browser connector for your browser.

Problems installing? Check the Zotero installation page.

Watch this to see how quick downloading is:

Create an account!

After you've downloaded Zotero and the extension, you need to make an account. It's easy to create an account with Zotero. Just go to the homepage at and register.

Syncing Your Account 

It is important to link your Zotero account to the download version of Zotero and set up the Sync function. This will allow you to keep all your Zotero libraries, online or on multiple devices synced. 

To do this: 

Open the Zotero app and on Mac, choose Zotero/Preferences from the main menu. On Windows, choose Tools/Options from the menu. Then select the sync tab.  

Put in your username and password. If you have not already you can create an account on this page