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Zotero citation management: About Zotero

Zotero and your own device

We recommend that you install Zotero on your own device. Follow steps below.

01: Go to [click here]
02: Download Zotero (Windows - macOS - Linux 32-bit - Linux 64-bit)

The MSWord/Open Office plugin is installed by default
03: Install Zotero Connector [click here] (Chrome - Firefox - Safari - Opera]

See also this screencast for installation advice/instructions.

About Zotero

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh" = Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.) is an application that collects, manages, and cites your research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.


While it is possible to add sources to your Zotero library from 1Search, the data provided by 1Search is sometimes incomplete. If you download sources directly from 1Search you will sometimes need to spend some time cleaning up your source data. For example, you may need to -

  • transpose the authors' first and last names
  • sometimes add in full first names
  • double check publication dates
  • add the complete call number

IMPORTANT: Always cross-check reference lists and in-text citations for accuracy and consistency. No one reference management application is 100% reliable! You can cross-check against the correct citation notation via our Cite Them Right online referencing tool [click here]. Alternatively, refer to the Cite them right: the essential referencing guide [click here].