Q. How do I download and use Zotero in NCU Library?


The NCU Library offers RefWorks as the preferred citation management tool, and provides support for getting started and using this tool. Please see the RefWorks Library Workshop Video and RefWorks FAQs for more information.

Zotero is a similar product that is freely available. Most support for using Zotero can be found on their Documentation and Forum pages.

To get started using Zotero, go to their home page:http://www.zotero.org and click Download Now. There are two main options for getting and using Zotero:

1) Firefox Plug-in. This one requires a second plug-in to work with MS Word.

2) Zotero Stand-Alone. This version has the word processor connection built-in. However this stand-alone version requires that you download a plug-in to work with your preferred browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

You may access the Quick Start Guide here: https://www.zotero.org/support/quick_start_guide

When you install the Firefox Plug-in, and use NCU Library databases, like EBSCOHost and ProQuest, you will see the Zotero and paper/page icons in the upper right corner of your browser: 

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To add a citation and its associated full-text PDF document from an NCU Library database to your Zotero account:

First, click on the title of the document/article to reach the detailed record (EBSCOHost) or abstract/citation page (ProQuest). 

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Second, click on the page icon in your Browser's bar - See red arrow above. A small dialog box will appear as it recognizes the database. You may click Save to Zotero using "EBSCOHost" to save the citation, related metadata, and full-text PDF to your Zotero account. 

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For more information on using Zotero, please refer to their Documentation and Forum pages for common questions and troubleshooting. For additional support links, see the Library FAQ: Zotero Support.


  • Last Updated Mar 06, 2017
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