Please note: as of July 2017, with the release of Zotero 5.0, Zotero for Firefox is no longer available. Zotero is now a single standalone application for users of all browsers. A new Zotero Connector for Firefox, similar to the extensions available for Chrome and Safari, allows saving to the Zotero application or zotero.org in a single click. More information is available from the Zotero blog.
What Zotero Does
Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is software that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects to the various web browsers where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice.
Because Zotero is open source and has a large user community, thousands of bibliographic styles are available and updated regularly.
Using This Guide
This guide is several pages long -- use the tabs across the top to navigate through topics, or the "Print Entire Guide" link in the bottom right to print the whole thing.
Zotero Quick Start Guide
To install, go to http://www.zotero.org/ and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions.
If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.
The Microsoft Word citation plugin will automatically install when you download and install Zotero. These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.