Managing Your Bibliographic References With Zotero

Create citations and bibliographies the easy way

Learn how to add, manage, and organise your references in Zotero, then cite them in MS Word and create a bibliography.

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.

We’ll cover topics including:

  • Installing Zotero
  • Adding items
  • Organising your library
  • Searching
  • Creating citations in Word
  • Adding new styles

It should take you no more than an hour to complete the course. By this time you’ll be a confident Zotero user and ready to produce perfectly formatted citations and bibliographies.

Here’s what we’ll cover …


  • 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

Next Steps

  • Configuring Settings
  • Support


"Got a good mastery of Zotero in so little time. The teaching style of the instructor is simple and engaging."

"This is comprehensive and lucid. I spent A LOT more money on books on Zotero, and I could have skipped them: wish I had bought this course first. One of the strong points is that you can actually SEE how things happen."

"Having used Endnote for more than a decade I was change averse. But Catherine's well-paced, clear and encouraging instruction has made the switch to Zotero not just easy but appealing."

"Catherine's instructions were very clear and it was great to be able to try things as the lesson went through. I am very glad I did this course. You will be a much more comfortable Zotero user after doing this."

"Thanks a lot to Catherine for making this course interesting. It's really so informative. I think it'll help beginners to professionals."

"For a complete beginner to reference managing software and Zotero in particular this course provides a clear and uncomplicated presentation, explaining the basics at just the right level for the target audience."

What you'll get

  • A video-based course for you to follow at your own pace. You can come back at any time.
  • Downloadable worksheets
  • Captions
  • Full transcripts
  • Links to further resources


This course costs £15 + VAT. The amount of VAT payable depends on your location and is applied at the checkout. We are legally obliged to charge this tax - sorry!

Institutions can buy blocks of 10 licenses for £100 + VAT. On receipt of a purchase order, we'll send you tokens for you to forward to your students. Please contact us if you'd like to purchase multiple licenses and we'll get back to you right away.