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Citing Sources

What is Zotero

Zotero is a free, web-based citation manager that collects, organizes, cites, and shares citations. Citations can be directly transferred from select databases (Web of Science, PubMed, Library catalog, etc), select websites, imported from saved (exported) records, or entered individually. Citations can be saved with cloud storage though an online library account.

Zotero can be accessed from any computer with internet access.


Two ways to install Zotero:

  1. Zotero for Firefox
  2. Zotero Standalone

Downloading Zotero

Installing Zotero

  1. Go to
  2. Click Zotero 4.0 for Firefox
  3. Click Allow
  4. Click Install Now
  5. Don’t restart yet, select Not Now. You will restart after installing the Word Processor Plugin

Installing Word Processor Plugin

  1. Go to
  2. Click Plugin for Word or LibreOffice
  3. Click  Word for Windows Plugin 3.1.17  or Word for Mac Plugin 3.5.7
  4. Click Now
  5. Click Now and Install Now
  6. Restart your computer when prompted


Installing Zotero

  1. Go to
  2. Click Zotero Standalone for Windows or Mac OS X
  3. Click Run
  4. ****Word Processor Plugin is included with Zotero Standalone***

Installing Zotero Standalone Browser Extension

  1. Go to
  2. Select your browser extension under Zotero Standalone (i.e. Chrome, Safari, Firefox)
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Zotero Three Columns

ZOTERO THREE COLUMNS: The three columns of your Zotero library all work together to help you organize your collection.

  • Left Column: contains your full library (My Library) and your individual collections (folders), which are subsets of My Library
  • Middle Column: shows the items from one collection (folder) that is highlighted in the left column
  • Right Column: shows citation information (ex: author, volume, title, etc…) from the item that is selected in the middle column