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Citation Managers: Zotero

Resources for using Citation Management Tools to organize and cite research.


About Zotero

Zotero is a free, open access citation management software that allows you to save and organize your research, including generating citations. First, download it to your computer. Be sure to also install a Zotero Connector for your browser.

Getting Started

To begin, you will need to complete the following 3 steps to download and install the program and accessories for best use.

Linking to MS Word & Google Docs

Zotero integrates with the following programs so you can quickly add in-text citations and formulate a bibliography of your resources.

Microsoft Word

  1. Zotero should automatically install the Word plug-in into your program files​
  2. It should appear as a tab in the Word menu bar. 

MS Word Tool bar with Zotero tab circled

Google Docs

  1. The Zotero Connector automatically adds a Zotero menu to the Google Docs interface 
  2. It should appear as tab in the Docs menu bar. First time use will require you to authenticate access to your Google account

Google Docs tool bar with Zotero tab circled in red