Zotero is a free software tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and manage your resources.
You will need to prepare the following steps to utilize Zotero features.
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1. Download and Install Zotero from the Zotero website Download page.
2. Click <Download> under “Zotero 6 for Windows (or Mac if you use a Mac computer)”.
3. Double-click the downloaded .exe file (i.e., Zotero-6.0.26_setup.exe or the latest version) to install the application.
4. Click <Next> on the Zotero Setup popup window.
5. Select a standard installation, click <Next>, click <Install>, and then click <Finish>.
Now you need to Install Zotero Connector on your web browser from the same Zotero Download website.
Here are the instructions for installing Zotero Connector on Chrome.
When you generate citations using Zotero within a document, we recommend using Microsoft Word as your word processor, because web-based word processors (such as Google Docs) can have connectivity issues that will slow down the program.
If you installed Zotero successfully, the plugin for Microsoft Word is installed and you should see the "Zotero" tab within the ribbon at the top of the screen in Microsoft Word (see the screenshot below).
You can check if the add-in is installed in your Microsoft Word by following these steps:
Open Zotero Application >> Click "Edit" from the menu bar. >> Select "Preferences". >> Click "Cite". >> Click the "Word Processors" Tab. >> You will see the message "The Microsoft Word add-in is currently installed."
If you still run into any problems with the plug-in installation, please consult the word processor plugin troubleshooting guide on the Zotero website.
Question: "I'm using Chrome and I don't see the Zotero Icons on my browser. What is the problem?"
If you have installed the Zotero Connector in Google Chrome and do not see it as a button to the right of the address bar on your browser, you may need to pin it. Below are instructions for doing this:
If you finish the above steps, create your Zotero account. Then you will be able to access your Zotero library online after logging in.