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Zotero : manage your references and your bibliography


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Basic information


Zotero was initially designed as a Firefox extension but is now available as a logiciel Standalone to install on your computer (Windows, MacOS X, Linux, Linux 64bits).

You also need to install:

  • a connector for your browser: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari (certain versions only);
  • a word processor plugin : Word , LibreOffice (also works with Google Docs).

Install Zotero

Install Word for free with the Sciences Po package



All of Zotero’s settings can be found in the Preferences menu (for PC: Edit > Preferences; for Mac: Zotero menu > Preferences):

  • General preferences: appearance and various settings;
  • Sync: online account, reset, etc.;
  • Search: index of PDF files and index statistics;
  • Export: format et language used for quick citation;
  • Cite : manage word processor plugins and bibliographic styles;
  • Advanced : data location, keyboard shortcuts, database integrity, character encoding, link resolvers, etc.

Word processor plugins

using zotero in your word processor

Once you have installed the Zotero Word or LibreOffice plugin,  you will see a specific toolbar in your word processing program.
It’s important to make sure that the Zotero application is open so that the plugin can connect to your Zotero library.

If the toolbar does not appear in your word processor: in  Zotero > Preferences > Cite > Word processors , choose (Re-)Install Microsoft Word Add-In or (Re-)Install LibreOffice Add-In.

Install Word for free with the Sciences Po package



connecting zotero to your browser

Check that the Zotero extension (connector) is properly installed in each of your usual browsers. It’s this extension that enables references to be retrieved automatically.
Install connectors  


need help?

Contact us!

Anna Couthures-Idrizi, Sophie Forcadell, Marie Mittelette & Noémie Prevel


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Dernière mise à jour: Jan 3, 2024 1:52 PM