Zotero: A Beginner's Guide

What is Zotero?


Zotero is a free easy-to-use tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share research articles. Zotero is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Zotero: Help

Please note, most librarians at UNM use PCs and are not familiar with the Mac platform. Mac users are welcome to schedule appointments but should be aware that the librarians may not be familiar with Mac menus and options.

Workshop Sessions 2021-2022

Below are the dates, times, and location of workshops throughout the academic year. Please use the links to register for these sessions.

Review Prior to Workshop

NOTE: During the workshop we won't spend time walking through the download and installation process

  1. If you use Microsoft Word, close all Microsoft Office products prior to downloading Zotero.
    • This allows Zotero to add a plug-in in Word during installation, which is beneficial for in-text citations and bibliographies.
    • Google Docs provides the add-in once you add the Connector (see below)
  2. Go to https://zotero.org/download using Firefox or Chrome
  3. Download and install Zotero 5.0 (must have admin rights to your computer)
  4. Install the Zotero Connector for your browser (use Firefox or Chrome)
  5. Optional: Create a Zotero account (https://www.zotero.org), which allows you to backup citations/abstracts in the cloud (access anywhere), and share citations with a group.
  6. Optional: Review the rest of this guide

ZoteroBib: for quick citations

Guide Editors

Guide created and maintained by the UNM University Libraries Learning & Outreach Services librarians.