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Guide to using Zotero reference management software

Creating an account

To use Zotero you must first create a Zotero account:

  • Go to the website then click on Log in on the top right corner of the page.
  • Select 'Register for a free account' and follow the onscreen instructions to create a Zotero account.
  • Once you have done this, Zotero will send you an email message asking you to authenticate. Click on this link and authenticate.
  • Zotero allows you to register multiple email addresses (under Settings/Account). 
  • One of the email addresses needs to be the primary email address.
  • If you are being provided cloud storage space on Zotero by your UCL faculty, make sure you set up your Zotero account with your UCL email address as the primary address and notify your librarian. Otherwise, make your personal email the primary address so that you have continued access to your Zotero library after you leave UCL. 

Backup Email Address

You are advised to have a backup email address if you choose to use your UCL email address as your main Zotero username or vice-versa. 

  • Log in to your Zotero online library.
  • Click on your username and select Settings. You will be redirected to the Zotero settings page.
  • Click on the Account tab.  
  • Scroll down the page to Manage email addresses. You will see your current email address listed as Primary.
  • Add the new email address in the box provided then click Add. You will be sent a verification email.
  • Once the new email address has been verified, it will appear on your list of addresses.
  • Click on the Set Primary hyperlink to change to the new email address.

Manage email addresses page screenshot