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Referencing & Citation Tools: Zotero

The Glucksman Library's guide to referencing and using EndNote in the University of Limerick.

Zotero is a research tool that works with your web browser to automatically sense bibliographic information on a webpage and save it.

It takes a lot of the hard work out of formatting references, leaving you more time for writing and less time stressing about commas. 

Zotero is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Install Zotero


  1. Use Google Chrome or Firefox browser
  2. Go to the Zotero Download page
    • The site will automatically detect your operating system (Win, Mac, Linux*) and browser.
    • Zotero DOES NOT work with Chromebooks or Office 365
  3. Download Zotero 6.0 and browser Connector

Installation of Zotero

  1. Close any Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word)
  2. Open the downloaded Zotero file (.exe or .dmg).
  3. Follow the installation directions
    • Zotero and an MS Word add-in will be installed
  4. Open the Zotero program
  5. Open MS Word
    •   Notice the word Zotero on your toolbar.

Installation of Browser Connector (Add-on/extension)

  1. Install the Zotero Connector for your browser (best with Chrome or Firefox)
    • Browser may restart after installation
    • You'll notice a Zotero icon (a "Z" or a small rectangle) on the right side of your browser toolbar.


Zotero 6

Zotero 6, the new upgraded version of Zotero was released in March 2022. It introduces an array of new features, including a completely new way of working with PDFs and notes. Read more about Zotero 6 here

Harvard UL

To add Harvard Ul to Zotero

  1. Download and save the Harvard UL style file above
  2. In the Zotero Style Manager, click the '+' button,
  3. Navigate to where you have saved the Harvard UL style file and select it
  4. It will now be available to you

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