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RA Managing Your Documents & Citations Class: Zotero

What Is It?

Zotero is a free open source add-on to Firefox that allows researchers to:

  1. Organize pdfs, web pages, citation information, images, and notes about books and articles in one, easily searchable place.
  2. Manage citation information to cite to resources later.
  3. Insert foonotes into word documents using a particular citation style, including Bluebook.

Getting and Installing Zotero


Zotero will run on Linux, PC, and Mac, and has two installation options--a Firefox Add-on, or a standalone version with browser connectors that works with Opera, Safari, and Chrome.

To install:

  1. Go to, select your option (Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone) and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions.
  2. If you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".
  3. Restart Firefox and you're all set! You'll see a small Zotero button at the bottom of your Firefox window.
  4. If you are using Zotero Standalone, make sure to install the connector for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Opera

If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.



Subject Guide

Ellen Frentzen

Zotero Tutorials

Zotero has produced several great how-to videos on their site that demonstrate step by step how to use Zotero's features.

This is a quick overview of how to save citations from the web.

More Zotero Screencast Tutorials


This page is derived from the Zotero Guide created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.