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Zotero

Zotero is a fantastic tool that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's free and easy to use.

Install Both Parts!

To use Zotero, you'll need to install two things:

  1. The Zotero application itself
  2. A connector to allow your browser to save citations to Zotero

Both of these are available from the Zotero download page.

Step 1: Download and Install the Program

The first step is to download and install the program from zotero.org.  It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.  

Screenshot of "Download now" button

You can then find the program in your programs or applications list or folder.

Screenshot of what the Zotero program interface looks like

Step 2: Download the connector(s)

Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.

Zotero works with Firefox, Chrome, Safari** and Edge.

The Zotero downloads page should automatically detect what browser you're using and give you a link.

Screenshot of the confirmation of the Zotero connector installation

Each browser has its own version of the Zotero connector, so install the one for the browser you use.

Each browser puts the connector in a slightly different place.  See below:

CHROME:

With Chrome, make sure you click the puzzle piece and "pin" the Zotero connector to your browser interface.

FIREFOX:

Screenshot of Firefox connector location

SAFARI:**

Screenshot of Safari connector location

** Since the release of Safari 13, the Safari connector has been broken, due to Apple locking down their browser to extensions. If you are a Mac user, please use either the Chrome or Firefox browser and extension instead.

EDGE:

Screenshot of Edge connector installation

 

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