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Guide to using Zotero reference management software

Installing Zotero

The first step to installing Zotero is to download the software. There are three components that you need to download in order to use all the facilities on Zotero:

  1. The Desktop Application.
  2. The Browser Connector (we recommend you download the Connector on Firefox or Chrome).
  3. The MS Word Plugin.

You can only download Zotero after you have created an account. If you have not done this, go to the previous step and register with Zotero.

Next, go to the downloads page on the Zotero website. Zotero will recognise the operating system you have. In the example below, Zotero has recognised an iOS system for the Mac. But if you are using a Windows machine, you will be prompted to download the software for Windows.

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When you download Zotero on a Mac all Zotero components are downloaded in a bundle this mean that the Zotero Connector is automatically downloaded for Safari. Sometimes it happens that you cannot see the Zotero Connector on the Safari toolbar in this case you will need to make the Connector visible:

  • Go to the Settings for Safari.
  • Navigate to the Extensions tab.
  • You should be able to see the Zotero Connector extension, tick the box to make the Connector visible on the Safari toolbar.