ALWAYS CHECK YOUR CITATIONS
Yes, technology is truly awesome. No, it isn't perfect. If you aren't sure what citation rules are acceptable for your project, check with your professor. Make sure you are using a reliable citation manual or a reliable web source for citation information based on current standards, such as the Purdue OWL Website.
Most users only need the Firefox version of Zotero. The only benefit to the stand-alone application is the ability to store citations on your laptop/desktop rather than "in the cloud." The increasing reliance on and sophistication of cloud technology, however, has mostly rendered this concern outdated. This guide will focus on the Firefox version of Zotero due to its ease of use and automated syncing with Zotero's online backup storage.