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Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share Your Information

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This guide is no longer being maintained (Spring 2022). Zotero has excellent help pages available at

Please also feel free to contact with any questions. 


Registering for a Zotero account is easy! To create your account, simply choose your desired username, provide your email address, and designate a password. Be sure to click the confirmation link in the email Zotero sends you to fully activate your account. Once you're account has been created, you'll be able configure your profile settings (everything is optional). If you'd like you can provide your real name, location, and choose your disciplines. You can also share your affiliations, bio, website, and upload a picture of yourself, like so.

By registering for a free account, you'll be able to sync your Zotero library between multiple computers which will allow you to access Zotero from any computer with internet access. You'll also be able to create and join Zotero Groups; a fantastic way to collaborate with colleagues and share your research.

Access your resources by logging in to your account at from any computer, regardless of which web browser you're using. Since all of your resources will be synced up in the cloud, you'll be able to edit, manage, and create new Zotero library items at, as well.

mobile apps

From Zotero's September 29th, 2011 blog post "Zotero Apps Go Mobile" and Zotero's help documentation - Zotero for Mobile

  • Zotero Bookmarklet  
    The Zotero Bookmarklet allows you to save items from your mobile device's browser directly to your account.
  • PaperShip  
    PaperShip works with Zotero and Mendeley on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. View, edit, and add items to your Zotero library, share references, read and annotate PDFs.
  • BibUp  
    BibUp allows iPhone users to add books to their Zotero libraries much like Scanner for Zotero, and it also provides the additional functionality of photographing specific pages to be collected, on which BibUp will even perform OCR.
  • ZotPad  
    View and edit your Zotero library and attachments on your iPad and iPhone.The software provides read and write access to Zotero files stored on the Zotero server, WebDAV server, or Dropbox. ZotPad is available for free through App Store.
  • Scanner for Zotero  
    Scanner for Zotero lets you add books to your Zotero library from anywhere, with no need to have Zotero installed anywhere. Simply scan a book’s ISBN barcode with your Android phone, and the software will add the book to your Zotero library directly on our (Zotero's) servers.
  • Zandy  
    Zandy is well on its way to being the first full-featured mobile Zotero application for Android devices. Users can currently edit and view their Zotero libraries, add new items, and work offline. Future releases promise even more functionality.
  • ZotFile  
    ZotFile eases the transfer of Zotero-based PDFs to and from mobile readers like Android devices and the iPad. It builds on the success of the original ZotFile extension, which significantly enhances Zotero’s built-in PDF management by automating the attachment of PDFs to Zotero items, and the renaming of those files according to user-configurable rules. The latest beta version of ZotFile combines all of this functionality into a single extension. Advanced PDF management for Zotero.
  • Zotero Reader (cross-platform)  
    View your Zotero library and attachments in Android, iPad, and desktop browsers.

using the Zotero website

Zotero's website has been completely updated to allow you to not only view your Zotero Library but also create and manage items through the website, using the editing icons above your list of resources or by clicking on an individual item. Just as you can edit any metadata using your Zotero pane within your browser, you can edit your Zotero resources right through Zotero's website. As always, you can view any attached items through the web interface.

Zotero Library at

Editing an item in your Zotero library:

editing an item within your Zotero library at the Zotero site


Using Zotero to work collaboratively with colleagues and to share your research sources with the world is easy using Zotero Groups.

To start a new Zotero Group, make sure you're logged in at Click on the Groups tab > click on Create a New Group

Group Types & Access:
You determine the level of visibility and access others have to your new group. Groups can be either Public or Private. Public groups can be open to anyone or by invitation only. Private groups are strictly visible to collaborators you invite to join your group.

Types of Zotero Groups

To join an existing group, use the Search feature to find groups your interested in joining.

Search for an existing Zotero Group