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What is Zotero?

"Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use browser extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."-- Zotero

Here is a list of some common uses for Zotero.

  • Automatically capture citations
  • Remotely back up and sync your library
  • Store PDFs, images, and web pages
  • Organize with collections, tags, and related
  • Access your library anywhere
  • Fully searchable PDFs, notes, and citations
  • Cite from within Word  (link)
  • Take rich-text notes in any language
  • Import/Export your library
  • Collaborate with private or public groups (link)
  • Open source, free, and updated constantly


Installing Zotero

Zotero will run on any operating system. 

To install, go to and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions. 

If you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".

If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.

Other Helpful Software

Zotero is a great tool, but not a perfect solution for all research. Check the BC Law Library's research guide for Using Legal Citation Checking and Citation Management Software Guide for more suggestions.