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Zotero: Getting Started

A guide to getting started with the Zotero citation management program.

Downloading and Installing Zotero

To download and install Zotero, follow these steps:

Go to and click on the "Download" button. We recommend you also download the Browser Connector for your web browser.

The Zotero download page, displaying the options to download Zotero and the browser connector.

Creating a Zotero Account

Once you have downloaded the Zotero software, it's a good idea to create a Zotero account so you can save and sync your citations online, as well as on your own computer.

To create an account:

Go to the Zotero website and click "Log In" in the upper right corner.

Then, choose Register for a free account.

Screenshot of Zotero registration screen with Register for a free account text highlighted


After you have registered, open the Zotero software on your computer and click on Edit--Preferences--Sync

Enter the username and password that you just registered in the Zotero website and click the "Set Up Syncing" button. 


Exporting References from Scholar OneSearch

You can export references from Scholar OneSearch from the search results page by clicking on the three dots on the right side of an item:

From the list of menu options, choose RIS (EndNote, etc.).

Once the RIS file has been downloaded to your computer, open Zotero and click File--Import and select the RIS file. 

Exporting References from Library Databases

You can export items directly from library databases to your Zotero account using the Zotero Connector for your browser:

Exporting References from Websites

You can also save items directly from the Web using the Zotero Connector in your browser:

Next Step

Next Step: Learn how to create a bibliography at Using Zotero with Microsoft Word.