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Zotero Citation Software: Install Zotero
for Firefox

guide to using the free Zotero citation and research management program

Why choose Zotero for Firefox?

You may want to choose Zotero for Firefox if 1) you use the Firefox browser exclusively and 2) you prefer to have Zotero as a pane inside of Firefox rather than as a separate program. Zotero for Firefox runs as a plugin for the Firefox web browser.

Step 1 of 2. Install the Zotero for Firefox plugin

Install the Zotero for Firefox plugin. Zotero for Firefox installation icon

When you see the message,

"Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click Allow.

Firefox install message

Click Install Now, and Zotero will download and install.

You can either restart Firefox now, or wait until you have installed the word processor toolbar (Step 2).

Installing Zotero for Firefox

Step 2 of 2. Install word processor plugins

Word processor plugins allow you to insert citations and bibliographies directly into your documents. 

Go to the Word Processor Plugins page. Choose the most recent version of the plugins if you're installing Zotero for the first time.

Word for Mac/Windows users:

  • Close Word.
  • Click the link labeled "Install the Word for Windows Plugin" or "Install the Word for Mac Plugin."
  • When you see the message "Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click Allow.
  • Click Allow and Install now as above.
  • Restart Firefox when prompted.
(If you're using Zotero Standalone, you don't need to install Word toolbars; they are included with Zotero Standalone.)