Zotero is already installed on campus computers. If you are using a campus computer (classrooms, labs, and checkout laptops), you do not need to install Zotero. Simply open it and skip to step 5, creating your account.
If you want to install Zotero on your personal computer, follow the instructions below.
Depending on your computer and software, the download process can be more complicated than the steps above. If you are having issues getting Zotero installed, visit the Troubleshooting guide or contact a librarian.
Zotero is an open-source platform and does not use your email to send spam or advertisements. It is also a free service with a limit of 300 MB of cloud storage in the Web Library. That should be more than enough for any HSU student and we do not recommend signing up for a paid storage plan. However, you can upgrade at reasonable rates (the next tier is $20/year for 2 GB of cloud storage). Also, there is no limit (other than your computer's hard drive) for storage in the desktop application. You are only limited to 300 MB for the Web Library, which is not strictly necessary if you use your own computer. The Zotero Web Library is particularly useful for syncing across devices, but doesn't necessarily need to be used if you always use the same device.
The organization behind the development of Zotero, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, does amazing work. If you're interested, you should check them out!