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About Zotero

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Zotero is a free, open source desktop application that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share research. It works on Windows and Mac. This helps you get started with Zotero, from installing the application and plugins, to adding sources to your library, to generating in-text citations and reference lists. 

Install Zotero

Go to, click on "Log in," and register for a free account. 

Go to to download the Zotero desktop application and browser extension (Zotero Connector) for your Internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). 

Zotero download page

Sync Zotero

Once you have the Zotero desktop application downloaded to your computer, you can set up syncing by signing in using your Zotero username and password. Syncing allows you to access your Zotero library from any computer. Zotero provides you with 300 MB of free storage. You can purchase additional storage space on the Zotero website. 

1. Click on Preferences under the Edit menu:

Screenshot of Zotero edit menu

2. Click Sync and enter your Zotero username and password, and click Set Up Syncing:

Screenshot of Zotero sync settings

3. Click on the "Sync with" icon in the upper right-hand corner to sync your Zotero library:

Screenshot of sync icon in Zotero


This guide is built from one created by Katherine Donaldson at the University of Oregon Libraries.