We recommend that you use Zotero on your own device (desktop or laptop). You can download and start using Zotero in less than one minute.
Step One: Download Zotero :The Zotero download page will detect your OS and offer you the correct version of Zotero (Windows, MacOS, Linux . . .)
Step Two: From the same Zotero download page, download the connector: Again, the Zotero download page will detect your browser and offer you the correct connector (Chrome, Firefox, Edge).
If you want to use Zotero in multiple browsers, you need to download the connector in and for each browser you intend to use.
Safari is not working with Zotero as of Nov 2020. Mac users should use Chrome or Firefox. Advanced users might try the Safari beta.
How do I know that Zotero installed correctly?
At the end of the installation process, you should be prompted to launch Zotero. If you do, you should see the Zotero panel.
Now, on every web page you visit, some sort of Zotero icon (known as 'connectors' should appear in your url bar (see Zotero Connectors for examples).
You should also be able to find Zotero in your list of Applications, and you may have a Zotero shortcut icon on your Desktop, Dock, and/or Taskbar.
How do I know that my connectors are working?
Test this by visiting a page with a document type that Zotero recognizes: For example, an article on the New York Times site, an article in JSTOR, a record for a book in our online catalog, etc. When you are on the page of an individual document, the appropriate Zotero connector icon (see Zotero Connectors for examples) will appear in your URL bar. A single click on one of these icons should create an item in your Zotero library. For example, if you are on a page for an article from the New York Times, you should see the newspaper icon: . When you click on it, a new Zotero item of type "Newspaper Article" should be created, including info for author(s), article title, publication title, publication date, etc. While you are still on the web page for an item you will see a small popup window showing you that Zotero is saving the citation. When you are looking at the Zotero panel, you'll see the new item highlighted in the central panel, and the bib details displayed in the right-hand panel.
Here is what you need to know if you are using Zotero on the public machines.
[We are awating specific wording from Academic Computing here: they control the campus machines and only they can give a current and correct description of how to get Zotero working on campus machines]:
Zotero was originally a Firefox extension, but this changed in Summer 2017. "Zotero for Firefox" has been retired, and Zotero now works the same way on all three supported browsers. The term "Zotero Standalone" has also been retired. There is now just "Zotero", available for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
If you used to use "Zotero for Firefox" and if you haven't used Zotero in a long time, you may still have "Zotero for Firefox" on your machine. If so, you should follow the standard download instructions to get the current version of Zotero. Your citations, collections, libraries, etc will transition, and most features will function as before.