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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.

Step 2. Install Zotero

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

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.

automatically sync your Zotero library to your zotero.org account
To ensure that your Zotero library is being synced with Zotero.org (in the 'cloud'):

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