French Language and Literature Subject Guide

Setting Up Zotero

Zotero is a free downloadable citation manager that easily grabs information from the web. Zotero allows users to save, organize and share references. You can also insert properly formatted citations directly into documents using Zotero's Word add-in.

Basic Zotero Setup

To get started with Zotero, complete the following 3 steps:
  1. Register for a free Zotero account.
  2. Download Zotero 6.0 AND a Zotero browser connector. 
  3. Set up Sync.
    • Open your Zotero client.
    • If using a PC, select Edit on the top horizontal menu, then choose Preferences. If using a Mac, select Zotero on the top application menu, then choose Preferences.
    • Select Sync in the top horizontal toolbar.
    • Input your Zotero username and password (what you created on www.zotero.org).

Activating your Browser Connector

In Safari

  • To activate your browser plugin (what lets you automatically suck in content to your Zotero client via the web):
    • Open Safari, after you have downloaded the Zotero client.
    • On the top menu, click Safari Preferences.
    • In the Preferences dialog box, select Extensions.
    • Check the box next to Zotero to activate extension.

In Chrome

  • To activate your browser plugin (what lets you automatically suck in content to your Zotero client via the web):
    • Open Chrome, after you have enabled the Zotero plugin for Chrome.
    • Click the puzzle piece icon near your address bar.
    • Click the pin next to Zotero to easily access the plugin in the Chrome menu bar.

Integrating Zotero with Word Processors

Zotero is capable of integrating with Word, LibreOffice and Google Docs. Zotero's Word Plugin should install automatically when you download Zotero 6.0. Once the the Zotero client is installed, a Zotero tab should appear within Word.

  • If a Zotero toolbar doesn't appear in Word, save your Word documents and quit Word completely.
  • Open your Zotero client.
    • If using a PC, select Edit on the top horizontal menu, then choose Preferences.
    • OR If using a Mac, select Zotero on the top application menu, then choose Preferences.
    • Click the top Cite tab and select the Word Processors sub-tab.
    • Click (Re)Install Microsoft Word Add-in.
    • Reopen Word.