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Zotero: Step 2: Configure

A guide to getting started with Zotero

Get a Word Processor Plugin

One of the most powerful features of Zotero is the ability to use your citations in papers as you write them.  Zotero will keep track of everything and produce a bibliography at the end.  To enable this you need to install some plug-ins that work with MS Word or OpenOffice/LibreOffice.

  • Open Zotero
  • Click on the gear symbol in the top bar and select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  • In the Cite tab, click on Install Microsoft Word Add-in to get the latest version of the Microsoft Word or LibreOffice plugin. Make sure to choose the right platform (Windows or Mac).
  • When prompted, click Allow, then Install Now.
  • Restart Word or OpenOffice/LibreOffice
  • Windows: Look for a tab called Add-Ins or the icons shown below in your toolbar.
    Zotero icons
    Toolbar for Zotero in Windows
  • Mac OSX: you will either see the toolbar in a separate window or you will find a Zotero menu in the Applescripts menu pictured below.

Find It @ MTA

The "Find It @ MTA" feature allows you to easily access links from Zotero to articles you have saved even if you are off-campus. Clicking on a link will take you to screen that lets you log-in with your MTA username and password and then you will be taken to the page will the full text. Without this configured, when you are off campus you may not be able to get full-text articles the way you can on campus.

  1. Click on the gear symbol in the top bar and select Preferences from the drop-down menu.  Then click on the Advanced tab.
  2. Copy and paste the exact URL in the Open URL Resolver box.
  3. Click OK.
    Configuring Find It @ Harvard
  1. To open a citation with a link when you are off-campus, click on the link.
  2. Then click on the arrow in the top-right hand side of the menu bar. Select Library Lookup.
    Using Library Lookup
  3. This will open a new window that will search what the library has for a full-text copy of that article. You will be asked to sign on with your MTA username and password before getting to the full text page.