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BIOL 404: Molecular Biology: Installing Zotero

Installing Zotero

1.      Manage Your Articles with Zotero: Your first step to making your life easier is to get yourself set up with Zotero, which will allow you to manage the articles that you find, collect them into folders, export them into bibliographies. If you have not yet installed Zotero, please do so now. Note that you have the option of choosing a Firefox plug-in, OR running "Zotero standalone" which is a separate app that can talk to one of three browsers: Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. In either case, it is a TWO STEP process to download Zotero. If you choose the Firefox plug-in, you must first download Zotero itself (1), and then download the Plugin for Word or LibreOffice (2). If you choose the Standalone app, you must first download the app (1), and then download the browser extension for the browser you want to use (2). 

Screenshot of, indicating the two steps that must be taken to fully download Zotero, depending on which option you choose to install. 

Once you have Zotero loaded, open up Microsoft Word and verify that the Zotero add-in is available. You will likely need to restart Word if you already had it open while you were downloading the plug-ins. Note that the add-in my look different or be in a different menu depending on which version of MS Word you are running and whether you are on a Mac or PC. Poke around if you can't find it! Look under 'tools' or for Mac users, check the little 'scroll' icon. 


Finally, go to and register for a free account.


Then go to the 'settings' icon in your Zotero library, go into the Preferences menu, select the 'Sync' menu, and ensure that your username and password are filled in so that your library will automatically sync.  


Zotero Install Resources

Any questions or issues getting started installing Zotero? Fortunately, there are many resources available to you!  See below for links to resources. Still having trouble? Email Eli to set up a meeting, or click here to chat instantly with a librarian (available 24/7!).