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Zotero: What It Is and How to Get It

Zotero is a computer program that provides a storage space for citations (references to works you use in your writing) and formats them in any of hundreds of citation formats as you write your paper, article, annotated bibliography, dissertation or book.

Go to to download the latest version of Zotero, plus Browser Connectors for any of the following web browsers you use: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari. See our video showing how to do this and other key setup steps.

Alternately, if all the computers you use have Zotero installed, you can register a free online account with Zotero, which will allow you to store your Zotero records on Zotero's servers, and sync that online library with the Zotero program on any computer.  You will still need the Zotero program to be running on the computes you use, however.

ALERT: Trouble with Zotero integration in Word

Some users on campus have had trouble getting the Zotero tab to appear and function normally in Word. If this happens to you, first try this first:

1. Open Word. If you do not see a tab that says "Zotero," click on the File menu in the upper left corner.

2. Select Options

3. Select Trust Center

4. Click the button: Trust Center Settings

5. Select Macro Settings, and choose the radio button: Enable All Macros.

6. Close Word, but keep Zotero open.

7. In Zotero, go to the Tools menu, choose Add-ons, and Enable for Zotero Word for Windows Integration

8. Reopen Word.

If this process does not work, try a manual installation.

Want a Training Session?

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Zotero workshops are offered as part of regular library workshop series such as Fridays@the Library. Unable to attend a workshop or need to review a concept? See below for our video tutorials on the main functions of Zotero.

To request a Zotero presentation tailored to your class, lab, student group, department, etc., email Rachel Brekhus,  In your email, please include:

  • Preferred dates/times
  • Preferred class location (can be your space or a library classroom)
  • Approximate number of people you plan to attend
  • Names of databases you use, either library-purchased or free-online
  • Names of publication styles (APA, MLA, IEEE, Nature etc.) you use

Video Tutorials for MU Users

These video tutorials are for an earlier version of Zotero. Some of the content has changed. We are working on updating them, but for now, the most updated content we have is the PDF handout.

Older videos, in the process of being updated for 2017. Many are still helpful, but things will look different if you are using Zotero 5.0.

Latest Zotero News

These Zotero blog posts often include short how-to videos.