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Zotero Software Installation

Zotero is online software to help you:undefined

  • save citation information from your sources
  • organize your research
  • create footnotes (or in-text citations) and bibliographies

Zotero is optional: use of this software is not required by any Hollins program. 

Installing Zotero:

*Note: in order to use Zotero features in MS Word, you must have Word installed on your computer. 

Troubleshooting tips:

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Zotero

Is Zotero Required? No: you are not required to use Zotero. Use of this software is optional. If you need advice on other methods for formatting citations, please contact your writing mentor, thesis coordinator, or the Dance librarian

Am I stuck with Zotero if I decide I don't like it? No: if you start using Zotero and decide you'd prefer to finish your document by formatting citations manually, all you need to do is follow the instructions for "unlinking" your document from Zotero - see below.

Zotero made a mistake - now what? It is not unusual to see misplaced or missing information in a computer-generated footnote. Zotero reads and saves the information from databases and other websites, but that information is not always correct in the original source. All footnotes and bibliographies created with Zotero should be checked for two common problems: missing information, and formatting variations. 

How do I check Zotero citations? Compare your footnotes and bibliography entries to a style guide for Chicago Style.

Some common problems are:

How to correct, or add missing information to, a Zotero footnote

Good news: making changes is easy! First correct the citation information in your Zotero software, then click "Refresh" in your document:

  1. Open Zotero
  2. Find your citation
  3. Look at the "Info" panel. You can click directly into each field and make the needed corrections.
  4. Final step: in your document, click the "Refresh" button.

Refresh Zotero button



Here is a great video showing these correction steps:


How to make formatting changes to Zotero footnotes or bibliography (Unlinking from Zotero)

To change the formatting (indentation, spacing, order of entries etc.) of a Zotero footnote or bibliography, you must first unlink your document from Zotero. Unlinking is IRREVERSIBLE: once you unlink you will not be able to use Zotero's features anymore, so you should wait to unlink until you have a final copy.

Once all of your footnotes and bibliography entries have been entered into your document, then use the "Unlink citations" button in Word or Google Docs. Once you are unlinked, you can then change the formatting of your citations.

unlink citations button



(warning: do not change the formatting of citations in your document without unlinking from Zotero first. If you don't unlink, your changes will automatically reverse, the next time you re-open your document.)