The web version of Zotero is available for those who wish to work remotely without installing the software, or just like to work online instead of in the desktop version. There is no installation required, you just have to make a Zotero account and login on their website.
Zotero 5.0 Standalone is a desktop software which works with your choice of browser with the help of the Zotero Connector plugin. The desktop application runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
To install Zotero 5.0 for the desktop:
Go to the Zotero homepage and click the red "Download Now" button.
Select "Download Zotero 5.0 for Mac" or "Download Zotero 5.0 For Windows." If needed, other platforms are listed below.
Run the setup wizard as prompted.
Once you've downloaded Zotero 5.0, add the Zotero Connector for Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.
Zotero 5.0 Standalone is a good option if:
Zotero Online is a good option if:
You can both install Zotero 5.0 and use Zotero online. Make sure to use the "sync" button in the upper right of the online version and Zotero Standalone and sign in so that your citations sync between them.
The Microsoft Word citation plugin and the LibreOffice Plugin allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library while writing. If you are using Zotero online, you will need to download the plugin separately. The Word/OpenOffice plugin usually downloads automatically with Zotero 5.0. However, if it did not install at the same time as the Zotero 5.0 Standalone, follow the instructions below: