Why Use Zotero?

 

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Be Organized

Keep all of your research and citations in one place

Save Time

Never format a citation by hand again    

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Work with anyone in the world, anytime        

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Even after you leave Harvard

Install & Set Preferences

Install Zotero - Chrome Users

Watch this short video demonstration of downloading, installing, and configuring preferences for Zotero as a standalone program connected to the Chrome web browser (run time: 3:09)

For instructions with screenshots go to Installation Screenshots - Chrome.

Install Zotero - Firefox Users

Watch this short video demonstration of downloading, installing, and configuring preferences for Zotero for Firefox, a Firefox extension (run time: 2:29)

For instructions with screenshots go to Installation Screenshots - Firefox.

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Avoid Paywalls

Set up Find It @ Harvard

Why would I do this?

Make sure you never run into a pay wall for accessing an article. 

Add URL for FindIt@Harvard

In the Advanced Tab, input the URL for FindIt@Harvard (http://sfx.hul.harvard.edu/hvd) in the Open URL Resolver box.

                  Configuring Find It @ Harvard

 

To use Find It@Harvard in Zotero, select a citation and then click the arrow key to choose “Library Lookup.”

If the item is available, Zotero will retrieve the Harvard Library licensed article.

Using Library Lookup

Installation Screenshots

 

Using Chrome, go to the Zotero Download page and install the Zotero Standalone program. Follow any prompts.

 

 

  • Then download the extension, called the Zotero Connector, for Chrome.

 

  • Next, register for a Zotero online account. This account will allow you to sync your Zotero library to the cloud and to create group libraries to collaborate with other Zotero users. You should be prompted to create this account. You may also register here. After you register, you will be prompted to check your email to click on an account validation link sent from Zotero.

 

 

  • Set your Zotero preferences.

Open the Zotero standalone program, click on the cog icon, and choose Preferences from the menu:

 

In the Sync tab, enter the username and password you chose for your online Zotero account:
 

 

In the Search tab click on Check for installer and then Install to make the full text of PDFs searchable:

 

In the Cite tab make sure the Microsoft Word add-in is installed and check the box next to Use classic Add Citation dialog:

 

  • Open Word to look for the Zotero toolbar. If you do not see any signs of Zotero in Word (see below) try closing and reopening Word.

 

If you are using a Mac you will either see the toolbar below hovering over Word to the left of the screen or you will find a Zotero menu Applescripts menu pictured below.

     In Windows you will find the toolbar in the Zotero tab.

 

Open your Firefox browser, visit the Zotero Download page and click on Install Zotero for Firefox. When prompted click Allow, then Install Now, then Restart Now:

 

 

  • Next, register for a Zotero online account. This account will allow you to sync your Zotero library to the cloud and to create group libraries to collaborate with other Zotero users. You should be prompted to create this account. You may also register here. After you register, you will be prompted to check your email to click on an account validation link sent from Zotero.

 

  • Set your Zotero preferences.

Open Zotero by clicking on the Z icon in the upper right-hand corner of your browser:

And then click on the cog icon and choose Preferences from the menu:

 

In the Sync tab, enter the username and password you chose for your online Zotero account:
 

 

In the Search tab click on Check for installer and then Install to make the full text of PDFs searchable:

 

  • Install a Word Processor Plug-in

Go to Installing Word Processor Plugins for Zotero for Firefox and install the appropriate plug-in for Word or LibreOffice.

Next open Word to look for the Zotero toolbar. If you do not see any signs of Zotero in Word (see below) try closing and reopening Word.

If you are using a Mac you will either see the toolbar below hovering over Word to the left of the screen or you will find a Zotero menu Applescripts menu pictured below.

In Windows you will find the toolbar in the Zotero tab.

 

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