Brandel Library

Zotero: Personal Research Manager

This guide walks you through Zotero, a free tool for gathering, organizing, searching, and citing sources to create a personal research library.

Install Zotero

Step-By-Step Guide

1. Create an Account

Register for an account at

2. Download Zotero Standalone

3. Install Zotero

Run the file you downloaded. It's fine to accept the default settings.

4. Set Your Zotero Preferences

  • Under the Settings menu, go to Preferences
  • Go to Sync, enter your username and password, and click OK
  • Go to Cite, select Styles, select your preferred citation style, and click OK.

5. Install a Browser Extension