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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. The original version of Zotero is a Firefox browser add-in, but with Zotero 3.0, you can get Zotero Standalone + Connectors for use with other browsers, too.

The part of Zotero that works with your word processor is a separate download.  Choose the correct download for your computer and word processing program at: Zotero Support.

If you'd like to use Zotero with campus computers, install Portable Firefox and Zotero on a USB drive and you can take your Zotero files with you to use on any campus computer. Simply download and install Portable Firefox for Windows or Mac on your USB drive. Portable Firefox is a special edition of Firefox designed to run entirely from a portable drive. It keeps its own settings, bookmarks and Zotero library separate from the settings installed on the campus computers. 

Alternately, if all the computers you use have Zotero installed, you can register 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.  See Zotero's instructions for syncing for more.

Zotero Training Sessions

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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

Latest Zotero News

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