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An introduction to Zotero

Download Zotero

Download Zotero

To download and install Zotero, visit


You must download and install two components:

  1. The standalone Zotero program (includes the word processor plug in). Zotero is available for Windows, Linux or macOS
  2. The Zotero connector on your browser for webscraping. Supported browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari which Zotero will detect.

For help installing Zotero after download, see the Zotero installation page.

Zotero Online

Zotero Online 

Register for an online account at

Online accounts are free. You don't need an account to use Zotero software, but it allows you to join groups and sync your library across multiple devices.

To link Zotero software to Zotero online and sync your data, open your Zotero Preferences > Sync > Settings. Then sign in with your account details.

See more about syncing options 

Customise your display

Customise your display

Once installed, display options can be changed in the middle panel.

  • Add additional display fields by clicking the   symbol and select the columns.
  • Reorder columns by dragging them. Click on the Heading of the column and hold while dragging them.
  • Columns can be resized by hovering over the border of the columns until the cursor changes to Column width iconthen clicking and dragging.

Backing Up

Backing up

Remember to regularly back up your Zotero library. Don't rely on online syncing. Save a back up file to a USB or external storage device. 

To make a back up of your Zotero library, make a copy of your Zotero data directory.

This is located in Zotero Preferences > Advanced > Files and Folders > Show Data Directory.

To create a back up, close the Zotero and copy everything in this folder location. Then save to a storage device.