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Zotero citation management: Zotero basics & website

How Zotero works!

Zotero is made up of three components:

  • Translators - interpret meta-data from websites, databases, library catalogues, videos, etc.
  • Styles - choose from over 20 standard citation styles and add more if necessary
  • Storage - Zotero offers cloud storage via your Zotero account; you are given 300MB of free storage

Once Zotero is installed look out for the Zotero icon on the top right side of your browser. The icon changes according to the type of source (reference) you are dealing with (e.g. article, book, website etc.)

Register at

A (free) Zotero account allows 300MB cloud storage. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to and log in/register (new account) to activate cloud storage

Step 2: This takes you to the user registration page. Complete the form and click 'Register'.
Step 3: You receive a confirmation email once your account is set up.
Step 4: Click on the confirmation link in the email.