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WRT 105 Modern Love: Zotero


  1. Go to
  2. Install Zotero 5.0 for Windows & Zotero Connector


If you have trouble with installation follow these steps:

  1. Open your preferred browser
  2. Close all your tabs
  3. Close unneeded software
  4. Update your browser - Zotero works with Safari, Chrome, & Firefox
  5. Restart your laptop.



  1. Open Zotero
  2. Go to Edit --> Preferences (in the top toolbar):
    1. Setup Sync - this will enable backup of your references into the Zotero cloud (UR has unlimited storage) and will enable syncing across devices
    2. Setup Cite - Zotero comes pre-loaded with the most prevalent citation styles. If the citation style you'd like to use isn't listed, you can add it in by choosing the "Get additional style..." link


This video is a brief, but in-depth tour of how to use Zotero.

The below video will show you some incredibly helpful tips on how to work with PDFs in Zotero. Most helpful is how you can automatically rename the files names of PDFs with the click of a button! See 3:00 timestamp.

If you have Zotero 5 installed on your computer (current version as of Spring 2020) you'll need to install Zotfile so you can extract annotation information from PDFs and turn them into searchable notes within Zotero.