How to Use Zotero

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Zotero is compatible with Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari.

For Chrome, Edge and Firefox

  1. After installing Zotero (see Install Zotero), you should be redirected to the Zotero "Download" Web page for the appropriate browser extension. If not, return to the Zotero Download page (
  2. Click on the "Install x Connector" button (x = name of browser) on the right to install the extension (follow all the steps and prompts to download the extension and then install it; procedures may vary based on the operating system and the browser)

For Safari

The browser connector for Safari is included when you install Zotero (see Install Zotero). To use the connector, it needs to be activated in Safari.

  1. Open Zotero on your Mac
  2. Open Safari
  3. From Safari, click “Safari” from the menu bar and select “Preferences”
  4. Select the “Extensions” tab
  5. Check the box next to the Zotero extension to enable it

Complete Instruction


Task for learning: Install Zotero browser connector in your compatible browser of choice.

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If you have questions, or if you run into problems that the course does not address, e-mail the University of Ottawa Library at


This online course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Unless otherwise stated, it is attributed to Mish Boutet, and is based on handouts by Patrick Labelle (also under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

[How to Use Zotero online course updated: November 8, 2022]