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Developed by the Center for History and New Media at the George Mason University, Virginia, Zotero is an open source easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Three Step Installation

You need to do follow quick and easy three steps before you can work with Zotero.

  • Install Zotero
  • Install the Zotero connector for your browser (Web translator)
  • Install your Word processor plugin

1. Install Zotero

This video shows you how to install Zotero.

2. Install word processor plugins

Word processor plugins (for Word and OpenOffice) allow you to insert citations and bibliographies directly into your documents. 

  • Go to the Zotero Word Processor Plugins page. Choose the most recent version of the plugins if you're installing Zotero for the first time.
  • Once you have successfully installed the plug-in, you will see a new tab added to your Word document with the Zotero citation tools. Here is an example of what the Zotero plug-in looks like in Word.