Before you begin, you’ll need to find out what operating system you’re using (on Mac, you can do this by clicking on the Apple icon on the top left-hand corner of your screen, then clicking on “About This Mac”; here are instructions for how to do this if you’re using Windows).
Step 1: Download and install Firefox, if you don’t use it already.
Step 2: Open up a Firefox window. Navigate to Zotero’s instructions, found here, and download and install Zotero. You’ll need to restart Firefox. When you do, check to make sure that you see the Zotero logo on the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
Step 3: Install the plugin that makes Zotero talk to Word, OpenOffice, or NeoOffice. Here is the Zotero page that instructs you how to do this. You’ll need to know what version of Word your computer is running in order to install the plugin; find this out, if you don’t know already, by selecting “Word” from the menu, then selecting “About Word.”
Note: If your computer doesn’t have OpenOffice or Word, as I think is the case for at least one of you, don’t spend money on Word; download OpenOffice for free here.