Getting Started with Zotero 5.0

Learn how to add, manage, and organize your references in Zotero, then cite them in MS Word and create a bibliography.
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (97 ratings)
1,857 students
1hr 9min of on-demand video

Manage thousands of references with ease.
Output them in different formats.
Collect useful references
Record what you've read.
Create bibliographies in seconds.
Produce well formatted academic papers.


  • You'll just need a PC or Mac and an internet connection. There's no need to install Zotero in advance, as we'll cover this step at the beginning.


This online course is for anyone who would like to learn Zotero (pronounced zoh-TAIR-oh), a free tool for managing and citing your bibliographic references. The lessons are designed for complete beginners and I'll walk you through every step with clear instructions, and short videos. The course is also suitable for anyone who has been using Zotero for a little while, but suspects they're not taking advantage of all the features, such as color-coding tags and creating saved searches.

I've been using Zotero for nearly 10 years and it's definitely made my life much easier. I'd love to make your life easier, too!

Please note: this course covers version 5.0 of Zotero.

We'll cover topics including:


  • Hello & Welcome

  • Installing Zotero

  • Finding Your Way Around

Adding Items to Your Zotero Library

  • How to Add Books

  • How to Add Journal Articles

  • How to Link to External Files

  • How to Add Webpages

  • How to Import Your Mendeley Library

  • How to Import Your EndNote Library

Organising Your Zotero Library

  • Working with Collections

  • Working with Tags

  • How to Create Related Items

  • How to Create Notes

  • Basic Searching

  • Advanced Searching

  • Creating a Saved Search

Creating Citations and Bibliographies

  • Using Zotero with Word

  • Creating a Citation in Word

  • Creating a Bibliography in Word

  • Working with Styles

  • Using Zotero with Google Docs

It should take you no more than 2 hours to complete the course. By this time you'll be a confident Zotero user and ready to produce well-formatted academic papers.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for students who are new to Zotero or have only limited experience. No prior knowledge is required. If you're already an experienced Zotero user, you might not learn anything more.


Digital skills trainer, coach, and author
Catherine Pope
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 97 Reviews
  • 7,575 Students
  • 1 Course

I'm a digital skills trainer, coach, and author, helping researchers and writers make better use of technology. I've been running workshops for 7 years and have helped thousands of students with everything from writing productivity through to turning their research into a business.. My recent books include How to Finish Your PhD.

For 12 years I worked as an IT manager and web developer, before gaining a PhD in Victorian literature from the University of Sussex. I'm now combining my experience of technology and education through online teaching.

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