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As a free, open source citation manager, you'll use Zotero to store and organize information you've found while searching databases, Novanet, the web, and more.  You will use to create your bibliographies, as well.

When installing Zotero, you'll need to install two separate parts:

  1. The Zotero application itself
  2. A connector allowing your browser to save citations to your Zotero library (Zotero should automatically detect what browser you're using)

NOTE:  If new to Zotero, you may want to view the 30-minute video located on the "Learn more...." tab.

Links to other browser connectors and information about plugins are located on the Install Zotero page.

Zotero Sync

If you're using more than one computer, Zotero's sync feature will keep your library up-to-date on all devices. All devices must be running the same version of Zotero (your computer will automatically check for version updates).

Set up your free account: user account.  Then:

  • Go to Edit : Preferences and select the Sync tab.
  • Enter your Zotero user name and password.
  • Check the "Sync automatically" and “Sync full-text content boxes.
  • Check both boxes under File Syncing and choose Zotero storage for My Library.
  • Click the green circular arrow button at the top right corner of the Zotero Window.
  • Zotero will upload your library to the server.

Repeat on each of your computers. For more details and troubleshooting sync problems, check the Zotero site.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a downloadable citation manager, enabling you to collect web references with one click and then easily create bibliographies in the style of your choosing, including APA7.  This comprehensive 30-minute tutorial will take you through all the major features of Zotero from installation, gathering research, and creating bibliographies.

Note from Cathy:
There are many YouTube videos available to help you install and use Zotero.  I find this one particularly helpful.... well worth 30 minutes of your time!


Courtesy of Paul V. Galvin Library
Illinois Institute of Technology