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This guide provides in-depth instructions on how to use Zotero, organize sources, and create in-text citations and bibliographies.

Downloading and Installing the Desktop App

The Zotero Desktop app is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. You do not need an online account to use the desktop app.

  1. Close Microsoft Word (Quit for MacOS)
  2. Go to the Downloads page on
  3. Click the Download button for the app
    1. The system will automatically recognize which operating system you are using
  4. From your Downloads folder, open the installation file
  5. Follow the installation prompts on your computer
    (Not sure how? Follow these instructions for Windows, macOS, Linux)
    1. Note: You may need to restart your computer once the installation is complete
  6. The app will be in your Programs or Applications folder
  7. After installing the desktop app, you will be prompted to install the compatible Zotero Connector for your browser

With the app and connector installed, you are ready to start adding sources to your Zotero library.

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