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Zotero Citation Management Tool

Step 1. Register a User Account

Registering a user account allows you to sync your Zotero library between devices. Use a non-GC personal email address, you can keep this account long after graduation.

screenshot of Zotero registration page

Step 2. Install Zotero

Zotero icon

Download button

Download and install Zotero from the Zotero website.

(There's a different version for each operating system: Windows, Mac or Linux.)

Step 3. Install connectors

Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.

Open Chrome, Safari, Edge, or Firefox and click the Zotero Connector link for that browser to install it.

Screenshot of Zotero Connector plugin

Each browser has its own version of the Zotero connector, so if you use multiple browers you'll need to install each connector.

Step 4. Syncing Your Zotero Library

Using your Zotero login you can access your saved citations and references from any computer on which Zotero is installed.

Syncing works in two parts: data syncing and file syncing. Your citations, along with PDFs, audio, video, images, etc. are saved in the cloud.

Zotero data syncing page
To ensure that your Zotero library is being synced with (in the 'cloud'):

  • Open Zotero > Edit > Preferences > click the Sync tab > enter your username and password
  • Click the "Sync automatically" checkbox to have Zotero automatically sync up your Zotero library with your account. This will allow you to access your Zotero library from any computer with an internet connection.