2023 Zotero Problem Report:
When saving a book citation from our catalog (Primo), Zotero saves it as type "Document". You then have to manually switch that document type to "Book" in Zotero, and add Place of Publication (which is required for most citation styles). (This appeared to be briefly fixed at some point during the week of Jan 23rd, but is not working again as of Jan 26).
When saving a journal article from the Primo "Articles and More" scope, the Zotero connector icon appears to be the book icon. But, in fact it will save the citation as a journal article, so all is good.
These problems are system-wide in the Summit system, affecting most of the academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
For those using annotation styles: Increasingly, records in our catalog (Primo) are putting data in fields that map to Zotero's Extra field. This is the field Zotero draws upon for annotations. So, if using an annotation style, you have to manually delete the data that sometimes automatically appears in the Extra field.
All pages on this guide were updated on Oct 15, 2022, and therefore reflect changes that came with Zotero 6, as well as some other corrections. We haven't yet added detailed info about annotating PDFs -- but what is here should be correct, for now. Further updates will be reflected in the "Updated On" text in the bottom left of each page. In general you might do best by using the Zotero.org documentation. Still, there is stuff here tailored to Evergreeners.
Around the world, there are hundreds of library guides to Zotero, and informally I'd say that 80% or more have outdated information at any one time. This was one of them until the October updates, and, like most other guides of its sort, it will get out of date again over time. We'll do our best to keep it current, but again, Zotero's own documentation should always be current and definitive ( the Zotero forum, on the other hand,, contains all sorts of old information, but the date of every post is easy to see and there is a lot of useful stuff there for the careful reader).
Read up on the new features in Zotero 6 here, including major improvements to annotating PDFs.
We recommend that you use Zotero on your own device (desktop or laptop). You can download and start using Zotero in less than one minute.
Step One: Download Zotero :The Zotero download page will detect your OS and offer you the correct version of Zotero (Windows, MacOS, Linux . . .)
Step Two: From the same Zotero download page, download the connector: Again, the Zotero download page will detect your browser and offer you the correct connector (Chrome, Firefox, Edge).
If you want to use Zotero in multiple browsers, you need to download the connector in and for each browser you intend to use.\
Special Instructions for Safari: The Zotero connector downloads automatically with Safari. After downloading you need to activate the extension::
How do I know that Zotero installed correctly?
At the end of the installation process, you should be prompted to launch Zotero. If you do, you should see the Zotero panel.
Now, on every web page you visit, some sort of Zotero icon (known as 'connectors' should appear in your url bar (see Zotero Connectors for examples).
You should also be able to find Zotero in your list of Applications, and you may have a Zotero shortcut icon on your Desktop, Dock, and/or Taskbar.
How do I know that my connectors are working?
Test this by visiting a page with a document type that Zotero recognizes: For example, an article on the New York Times site, an article in JSTOR, a record for a book in our online catalog, etc. When you are on the page of an individual document, the appropriate Zotero connector icon (see Zotero Connectors for examples) will appear in your URL bar. A single click on one of these icons should create an item in your Zotero library. For example, if you are on a page for an article from the New York Times, you should see the newspaper icon: . When you click on it, a new Zotero item of type "Newspaper Article" should be created, including info for author(s), article title, publication title, publication date, etc. While you are still on the web page for an item you will see a small popup window showing you that Zotero is saving the citation. When you are looking at the Zotero panel, you'll see the new item highlighted in the central panel, and the bib details displayed in the right-hand panel.
Here is what you need to know if you are using Zotero on the public machines.
-- Open the Zotero app.
-- Download the Zotero Connector for the browser you are using.
-- Use the Extensions icon to pin the Zotero icon to your toolbar
-- Click on the Zotero Z icon to activate the connector.
Zotero was originally a Firefox extension, but this changed in Summer 2017. "Zotero for Firefox" has been retired, and Zotero now works the same way on all three supported browsers. The term "Zotero Standalone" has also been retired. There is now just "Zotero", available for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
If you used to use "Zotero for Firefox" and if you haven't used Zotero in a long time, you may still have "Zotero for Firefox" on your machine. If so, you should follow the standard download instructions to get the current version of Zotero. Your citations, collections, libraries, etc will transition, and most features will function as before.