To begin using Zotero, you must download the Zotero software and connector. The Zotero software is where you can store and organize your citations and documents. The connector helps you gather citations and pdfs from various catalogs, databases, and websites.
Setting up a Zotero account will allow you to sync Zotero across computers and devices, backup for your citations and PDFs, and set up sharing and collaboration features. The UChicago Library provides institutional access to unlimited storage on Zotero to all UChicago users.
Once you create your account, you will need to add your account to your Zotero preferences.
You can add citations and bibliographies automatically while writing by using Zotero's plugins, available for Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs.
Learn more about Word Processor Integration on Zotero.