This is by far the most difficult part of using Zotero for most students. Depending on the preferred browser and computer (Mac or PC), the process will be slightly different.
Zotero was originally created as a browser extension for Firefox. Zotero for Firefox allows users to save citations from the web and create bibliographies without ever having to leave the browser. Zotero Standalone is a separate desktop application that can work with Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browser extensions.
To download Zotero, go to Zotero.org, and select the big red button that says "Download Now." Then choose which version you want to install based on which browser you use, Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone (Safari or Chrome browser). You can either follow the steps provided by the Zotero website or you can watch the helpful videos below (especially useful if you are downloading the standalone desktop application).
Watch the following videos for help with installing Zotero on your computer.
1. Zotero for Firefox (Mac)
2. Zotero Standalone with Safari Connector (Mac)
3. Zotero for Firefox (PC)
4. Zotero Standalone with Chrome Connector (PC)