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Zotero: Setup

Created by Jason Puckett at Georgia State University

Zotero will not work with Internet Explorer.
Please install/use Chrome, Firefox

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Installation and Setup Steps for Zotero:

Step 1: Install Microsoft Word

If you don't have Word, signup for Office 365.

Download and install, Zotero won't work with Office in the cloud.


Zotero also works with Google Docs.

Step 2: Install Chrome or Firefox

Chrome or   FireFox

Step 3: Create free Zotero account

Register at Zotero.orgZotero

  • Select an email and password. (Doesn't have to be university account)
  • Note: Zotero will ask you to verify your email, but it does not send an email. Not to worry! Your account has been created.

Step 5: Install Zotero Connector

Install Zotero Connector

Chrome + Zotero or Firefox + Zotero         

Chrome is highly recommended

More help on this step

Get help with Safari connector

Step 6: Sync Zotero

  • Open Zotero on your computer.
  • On Windows Click Edit  Preferences → Sync
  • On Mac click Zotero → Preferences → Sync

    Click Sync   Login with your Zotero Password

Step 7: Setup Word Add-in

  • Must have Word installed, not Office 365 in the cloud. .
  • Close Microsoft Word
  • Open Zotero on your computer
  • Windows Users click Edit → Preferences
  • Mac Users click Zotero  Preferences
  • Click Cite and click Word Processors 
  • Use Classic
  • Install Microsoft Word Add-in (or Reinstall Microsoft Word Add-in)
    • If you don't see this click Tools →  Add-ons →  Disable Word Plugin. Then Restart Zotero
    • then click Tools → Add-ons →  Enable Word Plugin. Then Restart Zotero
  • Restart Microsoft Word
  • Open Microsoft Word and look for Zotero... repeat steps if missing.

Step 8: Add Turabian (if needed)

  • Open Zotero on your computer
  • Windows Users click Edit  Preferences
  • Mac Users click Zotero → Preferences
  • Click cite
  • Click get additional styles
  • Type Turabian or any other style to add 
  • Note: It may not have the latest styles... or the exact style your department or college utilizes.

Zotero for iOS

 Get Zotero from the app store to use on your iPad or iPhone.

You must have a Zotero account, and your iPad must be online, to sync Zotero.

  1. In Safari, click the share icon and select the Zotero app.
  2. Choose which folder you want and click Save to Zotero. 
  3. Go to your Zotero app to see and edit the metadata saved for your item.
  4. If sync is turned on, you can now access this item across your devices. 


Android apps are also available. 

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