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Zotero setup: What is Zotero?

How to install Zotero and its associated plugins, as well as, how to use Zotero efficiently.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free bibliographic manager that is available as an online interface or downloadable standalone version. Zotero was created by the Center for History and New Media @ George Mason University. Extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari allow you to easily save citations you find online. With Zotero you can:

  • Store references in one place
  • Keep reading notes linked to sources
  • Download citations directly from databases
  • Automatically format bibliographies and citations in MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and many other styles using Microsoft Word and Open Office
  • Share your collections with colleagues
  • Access your Zotero library from any location and remotely back up and sync your library.

ZOTERO Support


If you prefer watching video documentation to setup and use ZOTERO use the following link to watch three videos on the Oxy Library/CDLA's Youtube channel: Click Here

Get Zotero Support from the Oxy Library through live, remote 1:1 consultation

Request a 45 minute Zotero Workshop for a class by locating your subject librarian/specialist here: