Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
For best results we recommend that you:
STEP 1: Install the Zotero desktop software
The "Download" button on the homepage will take you where you need to go to download the desktop client and the connectors.
STEP 2: Install the Zotero Connector for at least one browser.
We recommend that you set up the Zotero Connectors on at least 2 browsers. If you encounter an issue with a particular site and your browser, you might be able to resolve it by switching to a different browser.
We recommend that you create a Zotero account. The account serves several purposes:
Create Your Account:
To get to your Zotero settings, choose this path...
At the very least, you should click on the "Sync" tab.
Other settings you might want to use...
Chromebook users face some challenges when using Zotero. Below are some guides that might be of use to you if you have a Chromebook...
Explanation of Zotero limitations on Chromebooks:
Resetting the Zotero browser connector to default to the online library:
Zotero offers a lot of documentation to help you use the software.
If you have cloud storage available where you can map to the drive on your computer, create a folder just for your Zotero attachments and then link to the attachments from Zotero (instead of attaching a copy of the file). This will reduce the overall size of your Zotero library. The primary benefits of doing it this way are that you can backup your library to the Zotero site without paying for more storage, and you can more easily find attachments in the cloud if you don't want to go through Zotero first.