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Zotero: Getting started

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, manage, cite, and share research sources.

1. Create your account

The first step is to create an account in Zotero. Use your ILO email address. This will help you access your Library from anywhere,  will let you join working groups and will allow you to increase your storage space You'll receive an email from Zotero to confirm your account. With your Zotero account ready, the next step is to install the app in your computer. 

2. Install the Zotero application

   

 Click on the ILO Applications button on your desktop.

 Click on Install Software. Search for "Zotero" in the Application Catalogue. Select it and click "Install". Make sure you have all your apps closed as you will need to restart your computer. 

Once installed in your computer, you'll find a shortcut to Zotero on your desktop. 

  

3. Synchronize your Library

Open Zotero. On the top menu, click on Edit and then Preferences. Go to the Sync tab. Set up your account to always be in sync, so you can access your information from anywhere, anytime. Can't sync? Contact the Library. 

4. Select your citation style

The Cite tab shows you the different citations styles available. Click the link "Get additional styles" to add more styles. 

5. Add your browser connector

Time to get your browser ready to work with Zotero. Zotero Connectors allow you to save to Zotero directly from your web browser. There are connectors for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Install yours following the instructions in this page. 

You're ready to go! It is time to discover Zotero's dashboard and all it can do for you. 

Simple steps to follow

1. Create your account
2. Install the Zotero application
3. Synchronize your Library
4. Select your citation style
5. Add your browser connector 

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