Instructions on how to download, install, and use Zotero, a free open source citation management program.

First Steps


Chrome and Firefox are the best options for Zotero. Edge and Safari can be a little buggy... 


Install the Zotero Application and Connector 

Download and install Zotero from the Zotero website.

(There's a different version for each operating system: Windows, Mac or Linux.)

For PC's and Macs, the icons look very similar:

Zotero and Firefox Mac      Zotero for WindowsZotero for Windows 2

You MUST download both parts for the app to work correctly. Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.