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Zotero setup

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

Zotero Settings

How to set Zotero Application preferences:

  • Open Zotero by clicking on the icon on your desktop
  • On a PC go to the “Tools” menu in the upper left-hand corner of the window; then click “Preferences”. On a Mac, go to the main Zotero menu and click “Preferences”.
  • Click on the “General” icon; check “Automatically attach associated PDFs...”
  • Click on the “Sync” icon; enter your Zotero username and password (which you created when you registered)
  • Click on the “Search” icon; install PDF indexing
  • Click on the “Export” icon; choose Default Style Output.  
  • Click on the “Advanced” icon. If you click “Search for resolvers”, several will be loaded into the drop-down list. You’ll have to trial and error until one of the options matches this URL (

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: