Skip to Main Content
The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the M├ętis Nation. More

Citation Management Software: Zotero

Additional Guides

Purchase College Library has created a very thorough LibGuide on Zotero

Other sources for Zotero Guides:


How Zotero Helps Your Research:

Zotero can help you:

  • Annotate and organize research results, including video and other research materials.  (See a long list of data types that can be added.)
  • Save information about a reference, including author, title, and other publication information.
  • Create libraries and save searches, and share collections with other people.
  • Attach files, links, notes, and pdfs to records.
  • Store a screenshot of a web page.
  • Export information as formatted citations in word processing programs (Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs).
  • Tag and sort records and perform advanced searches.
  • Extract citation information from imported PDF documents.
  • View records in your personal collection when offline.
  • Cite records in any language. 

Getting Stuff into Your Zotero Library

For many academic databases and publisher websites, the program senses when a list of books or articles is displayed, indicating an icon in the address bar.  You can download the citation information in your Zotero database by clicking the yellow folder or book icon.  On your Zotero Desktop or Zotero Library on the web, ensure that the designated folder/collection is selected before you start the downloading process.

UM Library Search Engine and Zotero (screenshot)

Click Save Items Directly to Zotero Button and Pop Up Menu

For additional instructions, go to:



Zotero settings for UM Libraries

By setting up the University of Manitoba Libraries OpenURL resolver address, you can use Zotero's Library Lookup to connect to the University of Manitoba Libraries electronic collections through our Library Search.

Setting up for Windows:

  1. Click Edit.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Continue with "Setting up for both Windows & Mac" instructions below.

Setting up for or Mac:

  1. Click Zotero.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Continue with "Setting up for both Windows & Mac" instructions below.

Setting up for both Windows & Mac:

  1. Click Advanced.
  2. In the Resolver box type OR copy/paste in the following:
  3. In the Version box select 1.0
  4. Closing the window will save the changes.

Using Library Lookup

  1. Click on an item in your Zotero collection.
  2. Click on the green arrow, which you will see above the third column.
  3. Click "Library Lookup" to open Library Search to the items record.


Apps and Plug-ins for Zotero

Zotero for iOS

Other Zotero mobile apps

Zotero Plugins

ZotFileZotfile is a Zotero plugin to manage your attachments: automatically rename, move, and attach PDFs (or other files) to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files.

Night theme for Zotero UI & PDF

scite - Plugin to see which references in a library have received a supporting or disputing citation.

Other options

Working with Your Papers

Automatically Generate Bibliographies and In-text Citations

Plugins are available for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice. 

Plugins will be automatically installed when you download Zotero Standaline.   Also, refer to Zotero's support site.   

Zotero now works with Google Doc.



Digital Library Federation Digital Accessibility Group maintains the Zotero Accessibility wiki.