The basic functions of Zotero are practised and explained.
Previous knowledge is not required.
Dates online seminars (in German)

Focal points include:

  • structure and operation of Zotero
  • literature research in catalogues and databases and automatic
  • transfer of literature sources to Zotero
  • inserting references into the text or as a footnote with a mouse click
  • outputting the bibliography in the desired citation style

Target group

  • students of the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • academic staff of the UDE
  • all interested


Download and installation

Zotero account

To use and synchronize on different devices, you need a free Zotero account (terms of use, information on data protection). The account can be created with any e-mail address.

If you only want to work locally, a Zotero account is not required.


Local working:
The storage space for bibliographic data is unlimited, attachments such as PDF files can be saved in any size and number.

Working with synchronization between different devices:
The synchronization of bibliographic data ("Data Sync") is unlimited. The synchronization of attachments ("File Sync") is limited to 300 MB with a free account.


  • Desktop and online for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Multilingual interface
  • Important: Please disable synchronization with other cloud applications (e.g. Sciebo, OneDrive, DropBox, ICloud) while working with Zotero.


  • Open source program
  • Available for many operating systems
  • Add-in for MS Word, LibreOffice Writer and Google Docs
  • Available as both desktop and web version

Optional adjustment

The plugin for working with your word processing program (Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, GoogleDocs) is automatically installed. For LaTeX we recommend the 'Better BibTeX (BBT)' plugin.


Settings in the program recommended by the University Library will follow shortly.


Moodle course

  • learn Zotero on your own
  • at any time

To the Moodle course (in German)

Learn the basics online!

(in German)


Topic Date Time Registrations Options
Zotero (online)
Thu, 18.04.2024 02:15 pm - 03:45 pm no registration required Save the date
Zotero (online)
Tue, 07.05.2024 10:15 am - 11:45 am no registration required Save the date
Zotero (online)
Thu, 06.06.2024 10:15 am - 11:45 am no registration required Save the date

What do I need to know?

All you need are speakers or headphones. Camera and microphone are not necessary.

The training courses take place via the ZOOM platform. Instructions and further information can be found on the ZIM website. Information on the data processed when using Zoom and your rights as a data subject can be found in the privacy policy.



Do you still have questions? We are happy to help!

by email:

by phone:
Duisburg: +49 (0) 203 379 2010
Essen: +49 (0) 201 183 3727