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Zotero Citation Management Guide

This guide will introduce Zotero, the Library's recommended citation tool, and help you use it for citing sources!

What is Zotero?

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This guide will introduce you to Zotero and how to use it for your research!

Zotero is the Library's recommended citation management tool. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use citation management application to help you collect, organize, cite, and also share research with a group for a collaborative project.

There is a web-based version of Zotero as well as a desktop version that you can install on your device.

Both the web and desktop versions must be installed and synced with each other for full functionality.

  • Using a Le Moyne PC? Look for Zotero in AJ Apps on your Desktop

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Zotero also offers ZoteroBib, which helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.

Start using Zotero!

To start using Zotero, follow these steps:

  1. Quit/Close Microsoft Word (if it's open)
  2. Go to and click the red  button 
  3. Download Zotero for Mac or Windows (won't install on a Chromebook)
  4. Install the Connector for Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  5. Register for your online account at by clicking the blue "register" button in the top right corner
  6. Start Zotero on your desktop
  7. Link your online account:
           Mac: Zotero -- Preferences -- Sync
           PC: Edit -- Preferences -- Sync
  8. Open Microsoft Word or Google Docs and check for the Zotero tab - this should have installed automatically (If it didn't, you can go to Zotero -- Preferences -- Cite -- Word Processors -- Install Microsoft Word Add-in)

(Adapted from the University of Washington)

Tips for Zotero Installation and Functionality

Zotero is compatible with all operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux - See system requirement information.

  • Zotero download page – Software download available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
  • Launch Zotero from AJ Apps on a Le Moyne PC.

Zotero creates bibliographies from your citation Library in a variety of ways!

  • Within your Zotero Library, Select citations, chose Create Bibliography, then select your citation style e.g. APA.
  • Word processor integration plug-ins (available for Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs) create a dynamic bibliography!
    • The word processor plug-ins are bundled with Zotero and should be installed automatically for each supported word processor on your computer when you first start Zotero.
    • Insert a new in-text citation in your manuscript, and the bibliography will be automatically updated to include the cited item.
    • Correct the title of an item in your Zotero library and with a click of a button the change will be incorporated in your documents.
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