To get started, you will need two Zotero plugins: one for Firefox and one for Word.
Before you can put your article and citation in Zotero, you first need to find a full-text version of the article here at KUMC or on-line. If you have a citation (the name of an author, date published, title, journal, etc.) you can usually easily find the entire article.
Zotero’s Insert Citation function, in its default setting after installation, will open a red oval-shaped window from which you can search, tweak and then insert your citation. This function may tend to hang your system, and appears to be resolved only by forcing the program to quit, thereby creating the potential for lost work. You may want to bypass it entirely by setting Zotero to insert citations from its Classic View instead. While clicking the drop-down arrow in the red Zotero oval will open the classic view, to make Classic View a permanent change (and thereby avoid the bugginess), you will need to set it from the Preferences menu of Zotero for Firefox. Here’s how:
Some have reported that Firefox 20 is incompatible with Zotero. The most recent version of Zotero (4.0) should work with all standard (not beta) versions of Firefox. If you are experiencing trouble, make sure you are downloading the most recent version of Zotero (4.0). You may need to reinstall Firefox 19.