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Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.

Introduction to Zotero

How to Set Up Zotero

  1. Go to
    • Select the Log In link in the upper, right corner of the window.
    • Select Register for a Free Account
    • Fill out the registration form
    • Authenticate your account via your email
    • ‚ÄčIf you want to use Zotero after graduation, you may want to register with a personal email account
  2. Download Zotero 5.0 at
  3. Download the Zotero Connector, for Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
    Zotero 5.0 and Zotero Connector download screen
  4. Open Zotero on your desktop
  5. Sync Zotero to your account 
    • In your Zotero library, select Zotero-->Preferences-->Sync (Mac); Edit-->Preferences-->Sync (Windows)
      A screenshot of the Zotero preferences screen
    • Enter in your account information
    • Click Set up Syncing
    • Click the Green sync button in the upper-right hand corner to manually sync

               A screenshot of the green Zotero synch button

5. Start adding references!

This page based on the Davidson College Library Zotero guide, shared under a CC BY-SA license.