Citation Management

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Install Zotero

Install from

  1. Go to  
  2. Under ‘Zotero [version #] for…’, click on ‘Download’ (Zotero will detect what platform you are using and display the appropriate link)

  1. Find the Zotero file in your downloads folder, and:
    1. If using Windows: double-click on the Zotero file and follow the instructions
    2. If using Mac: open the Zotero file and drag it into your Applications folder

If using a Nova Scotia Health network computer, you may be prompted to enter an admin username and password to complete the installation process. If this happens, install the desktop application from the Software Center instead.

Install from the Software Center (on Nova Scotia Health network computers only)

  1. Click on the magnifying glass in the bottom-left corner of your computer screen
  2. Type ‘software center’ into the search bar

  1. Under ‘Best match’, click on ‘Software Center’
  2. In the Software Center, click on ‘Zotero’

  1. Click on ‘Install’ and wait for the installation process to complete 

The Connector allows you to capture citation information from your browser and save it to Zotero. PDFs may be captured as well where available. The plugin works with both Zotero desktop and web. 

  1. Go to 
  2. Click on ‘Install…Connector’ (Zotero will sense what browser you are using and show you the appropriate link)

  1. Follow the installation steps (the specific steps will depend on your browser)
  2. The Connector will appear in the top right of your browser

The Microsoft Word and Google Docs plugins allow you to insert in-text citations or footnotes while writing, and automatically generate bibliographies. 

Microsoft Word

The Microsoft Word plugin works in conjunction with Zotero desktop, and should install automatically when you download the desktop application. When the Word plugin is installed, there will be a Zotero tab in the top toolbar of Word.

If the Word plugin does not install automatically, you may need to manually install it. For more information, see this support page.

Google Docs

The Google Docs plugin works in conjunction with the browser plugin (Connector). When you open a Google Doc in a browser that has the Connector installed, there will be a Zotero tab in the top toolbar of the document. 


Zotero Groups allows you to create a shared collection (folder) between group members:

  • Each group member must have their own individual Zotero account.
  • There is no limit to the number of members that can join a group. 
  • You can set different privacy settings (e.g. public/open membership, public/closed membership, or private membership).

Note about storage: group folder storage draws from the storage account of the group owner.

Create, manage, or search for groups on the Zotero Groups page.

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