This is the "Home" page of the "Zotero Citation Management" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

This guide will walk you through setting up and using Zotero to collect and organize resources, cite works, and create bibliographies.
Last Updated: May 28, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Home Print Page

Getting Started

Download Zotero and associated plug-ins using these links:

  • Firefox:
    Download Firefox to get started with Zotero
  • Zotero:
    Download the Zotero add-on for Firefox
  • Zotero Mobile Apps
    iOS and Andriod developers have been hard at work creating apps so that you can get the most out of Zotero on your mobile devices!
  • Zotero Bookmarklet
    The Zotero Bookmarklet is a bookmark you add to your browser to save the page you are reading directly to your Zotero library

Get Zotero



Was this information helpful?

How useful is this page?
(1 = Not Useful, 5 = Very Useful!)

Additional comments:

Your Email:


Zotero Basics

Zotero logo

Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use Firefox add-on (and now works with Chrome and Safari) that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in your web browser. Designed to be intuitive and unobtrusive (it looks a lot like an iTunes library), Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic.

Zotero works on all three major operating systems: PC, Mac, and Linux.

Zotero tutorial

Zotero Quick Start Guide: The A, B, C's of "Z"

      Zotero is a production of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and is funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


      Zotero Firefox Add-on

      Quickly download the Zotero Firefox Add-on:


      How does it work?

      Zotero is comprised of three components:

      • Translators - Interpret meta-data from websites, databases, videos, images, etc.
      • Styles - Choose from over 20 standard citation styles and add more if necessary.
      • Storage - Zotero lives in your browser using your Firefox profile; you are automatically given 300MB of free storage!

      Once you get Zotero installed on your Firefox browser, look for the Zotero icon on the upper right side of the browser.

      What does "Zotero" mean, anyway?

      'Zotero' is based on the Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.

      Zotero - goodbye 3 x 5 cards 

      Subject Guide

      Profile Image
      Marie Sciangula
      Logo - LinkedInLogo - Twitter
      Contact Info
      Assistant Director
      Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC)
      Purchase College, SUNY
      Send Email

      Need help choosing a citation manager?

      Not sure which citation manager will work best for you? Check out this citation management tools comparison LibGuide, part of the METRO LibGuides series:




      Loading  Loading...