Zotero Citation Manager

Zotero Web Library

Zotero offers Web Library, a web-based version of the desktop application.

It is useful if you are using public computers or if you are using a device that doesn't support desktop version, such as a Chromebook or a tablet.

The Zotero Web Library shares most of the same features as the desktop version. Using Zotero Web Library, you can:

  • Create collections and subcollections
  • Add citations using a browser extension or manually
  • Delete citations
  • Move citations to other collections
  • Modify citation information
  • Add tags and notes
  • Create bibliographies
  • Search through your Web Library

However, there are some useful features that are not available with Web Library. The Zotero Web Library does not integrate with Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so you cannot automatically add references or a bibliography. It also isn't possible to import citations as ris or other bibliographic files.

Getting Started with Web Library

You will need to create a Zotero account and download a browser extension to use Zotero Web Library.

  1. Go to the Zotero website, and click on the Login button in the upper right-had corner.
  2. At the Login page, click on Register for a Free Account. Follow the instructions to create your account. Once you have created a new account, you are automatically taken to your Web Library.

Before you get started, you need to install your browser connector.

  1. Click on the Zotero button in the upper left-hand side of the screen. This will take you back to the Zotero home page.
  2. At the home page, click on the large Download button in the center of the screen.
  3. At the next page, you have the option to install a Zotero browser connection. Click on the Install button and install on your device.
  4. Log out of Zotero, close and reopen your browser, and log in to Zotero again. You will be at your Web Library page.

Zotero Web Library

Note: See the tab Using Zotero to start using Zotero Web Library features.