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Getting Started Guide: Music Research: About Zotero

Music Research Resources

Steps for Setup

A quick overview of the set-up steps you should take to make full use of Zotero:

  1. Create a free account.
  2. Install Zotero
  3. Install Zotero Connectors for web browsers
  4. Install the Word plug-in
  5. Link your account to your Zotero so it can sync (under Edit>Preferences)
  6. Get started!

Also check out the Zotero Quick Start guide.

Install Assistance

If you need help with installing on an Apple/Mac computer, please go to the Media Center on the second floor of the Trible Library.

Zotero does not work on computers running Linux, such as Chromebooks.

Zotero's Key Features & Helpful Information



Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free open source application that collects, manages, and cites research sources.

  • Automatically extract citation information from websites, library catalogs, databases, and more.
  • Save PDF files, images, screenshots, and other files.
  • Enter notes and tags that can be search to build easy connections between sources.
  • Automatically create formatted bibliographies in many different styles.
  • Use Zotero with word processing programs like Microsoft Word and Google Docs.
  • Sync the citations and files you save online across multiple devices.
  • Share your saved information online with groups.

Useful Links

Oregon State University Libraries has another excellent Zotero guide.

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Guide created by Matthew Hunter, Digital Scholarship Technologist at Florida State University Libraries.  Used and adapted with author's permission.

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