First download Zotero 5.0 for Windows or Mac. This will download the standalone desktop version of the software that can be accessed from your personal computer.
Creating an online account will allow you to sync and access your Zotero library from any device. Log in to your account to access your synced library.
Zotero Connectors automatically sense content as you browse the web and allow you to save it to Zotero with a single click. Zotero is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Chrome is the preferred browser, but you can select "Zotero Connectors for other browsers" to view more.
1. Zotero Online
To generate a citation from your Zotero Online account, select the item you want to cite. In the right hand corner, there is a cite button:
Select the citation style and the citation will generate in the box below. Copy and paste to add to your bibliography or text document.
2. Zotero Standalone
In Zotero Standalone, you cannot view a generated citation, but you can copy and paste the citation into a Word or text document in several ways.
a. Select and drag an item record into a Word or text document.
b. Right click an item record, select "Create Bibliography from Item..." Select the citation style > "Output Mode: Bibliography" > "Output Method: Copy to Clipboard," and paste into your Word or text document.
c. You can also copy and paste an in-text citation by selecting "Create Bibliography from Item..." and choosing "Output Mode: Citations."