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Using Zotero at Princeton

Using Zotero at Princeton

Getting Zotero: Firefox extension.

Getting Zotero: Installing Firefox extension.

To install the Zotero extension in your Firefox browser, visit and click the big red Download button.

Zotero Download


If your pop-up blocker is enabled, you may see a yellow bar at the top of your browser telling you that Firefox has prevented the site from installing software. Click Allow

A software installation window will open. Click Install Now. You will need to restart your browser for the changes to take effect. If your installation was successful, you will see the Zotero logo in the lower right hand corner of Firefox.

Getting Zotero: Standalone

Zotero Standalone is a separate software download that is not tied to the Firefox browser. Standalone has connectors that work with Safari and Chrome browsers as well as Firefox.

You can not have Zotero in Firefox and Standalone open at the same time.

You must have Zotero Standalone open to use the Chrome and Safari capture icons. If you don't you will just be redirected to Zotero's website.

You do not have to install the word processor plugins with standalone. The plugins are bundled with the software download.

To install the Zotero Standalone software visit  You must have administrative privileges on your computer to download the software. Click on the link for the correct operating system and follow standard procedures for installing software on your computer. Zotero Standalone comes with word processor plug ins, so you will not need to install these.

Links to install the Chrome and Safari connectors are found just below the Standalone download links. 

Chrome Connector - A box will appear in the lower right hand corner of the browser asking if you want to continue. Click Continue. Then click Install when Chrome asks if you want to install.

You will now see Zotero capture icons in the address bar just like in Firefox.

Safari Connector - Depending on your settings Safari may not automatically open the file. Use Control+ Click and select "Download linked file to..." to save the file to your desktop or some other easy to remember location. Double click the file to open. Click Open, then click Install. The Safari capture icon will show up as a little box to the left of the address bar.

Getting Zotero: Word Processor Plug-in

Getting Zotero: Word Processor Plug-in.

An additional word processor plug-in is needed to insert and format citations in Microsoft Word or Open Office documents when using the Firefox extension. Which plug-in you install depends on your operating system and word processing program.   To find and install the right plug-in and extensions for your word processor, visit

Once you have successfully installed the plug-in, you will see the Zotero citation tools right in your word processor.

Here is an example of what the Zotero plug-in looks like in Word 2007.