In order to use Zotero, you will need to download two pieces of software:
Image of download screen for Zotero 5.0 for Mac and the Zotero Connector for Chrome.
Download and Zotero 5.0 for your operating system from the link on the left hand side of the page. Install the software according to the prompts on your computer. This will install both Zotero and a plug in for Microsoft Word.
Install the “Zotero Connector” for your browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). Restart both your browser and Word to ensure plug-ins are installed correctly.
Zotero will look slightly different depending on your operating system and choice of browser.
With the release of Safari 13 in September 2019 and Safari 14 in September 2020, the Zotero Connector is available as a part of the beta version of the Zotero app rather than a separate extension. If you are not comfortable with running beta software, Zotero suggests you use the Zotero Connector for Firefox, Chrome, or Edge, add item by identifier within Zotero, or use zotero.org/save.