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About Zotero

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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

See also this great guide published by the Zotero developers themselves. Also available as a PDF.

Zotero Tutorials

Zotero has produced several great how-to videos on their site that demonstrate step by step how to use Zotero's features.

Zotero screencast

This is a quick overview of Zotero features.

More Zotero Screencast Tutorials

Getting and Installing Zotero

Zotero will run on these operating systems: Mac, Linux, and Windows. Installation only takes a few seconds.

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.

Free Zotero Storage Space for Hope College Users

FREE ZOTERO STORAGE SPACE

New for 2019-20, Hope College Zotero users have access to Unlimited Storage Space on Zotero's cloud servers.

To join Hope's Zotero Institutional Storage plan, you must have your 1Hope email address associated with your Zotero account.  If you did not register for Zotero with your 1Hope email, view the step-by-step screenshots below to learn how to add a second email address to your existing Zotero account.

ADD A SECOND EMAIL ADDRESS TO YOUR ZOTERO ACCOUNT
1.  Go to the Zotero website and log in to your existing account with your current email address or user name.

2.  Choose "Settings" from the upper right-hand corner of the window. 

 

3.  Within your Zotero Settings, choose the "Account" tab.  Next, scroll down to add an additional email to your existing Zotero account (for example, an @hope.edu email).  Finish by choosing "Add"  You should receive a confirmation email in your 1Hope email account verifying your new email account.  Click on the confirmation link in that email.

4. Once you have added an 1Hope email address to your Zotero account, your storage settings should automatically be updated to reflect the unlimited storage space you receive as a member of the Hope College Zotero Institutional Storage plan.

Zotero is a single standalone application for users of all browsers. Zotero Connectors for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari allow saving to the Zotero application or zotero.org in a single click.  More information is available from the Zotero blog.

Zotero Blog

News from the official Zotero blog.

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License

We all stand on the shoulders of giants; I thank Jason Puckett, Instruction Librarian at Georgia State University for my re-use and revision of his Zotero LibGuide.  Other information comes directly from Zotero.