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Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.


Video Tutorials

Installing additional citation styles

  1. Go to the Zotero Style Repository
  2. Search for your citation style
  3. Click on the name of the style you want to install and go through the installation process it provides.
  4. Back in your Zotero application, go to Preferences > Cite, and select your new style as your default.

Annotated Bibliographies

  1. Search the Zotero Style Repository for a style with an annotated bibliography.

  1. Build your bibliography in Zotero. Put annotations in the "Extra" field.
  2. In Zotero, select all the items you want in your published bibliography, right click, "Create Bibliography from items..."
    1. Choose the style that includes annotations
    2. Output mode = Bibliography
    3. Output method = Copy to clipboard
  3. Paste into your document. You may need to modify style formatting (spacing, indents, margins, etc).

Zotero with Google Docs

Zotero tools not appearing in Google Docs?

Try these in order until the problem is resolved:

  1. Clear your browser's Cache and Cookies (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
  2. Be sure you have your Zotero Connector installed
  3. Log into (sometimes this helps the Connector know who you are)
  4. Try closing and re-opening the Google Doc, often more than once.
  5. Talk to a librarian

Zotero tools very slow or stuck?

If you have a large library, your computer may be working hard to track all of them all the time. Try clicking on "Document Preferences" and unchecking the box that says "Automatically Update Citations."

You may have closed or hidden your Zotero application. Zotero must be running, and all pop-ups will come from the Zotero program rather than from your browser. Try bringing your Zotero program to the front of your screen to see if a dialog box needs your attention.

If you have more than one Google account, you may have linked your zotero tools with the wrong Google Account. Try giving your other Google account editing privileges on this document.


Zotero on your Mobile Devices

Zotero doesn't have its own official mobile app, but it does have a very useful guide to using Zotero on your phone or tablet, including a nice list of 3rd party apps.

Using Zotero with Excel

To use your citations in Excel, you need to save your library into a CSV file. It's very simple!

Go to File>>Export Library. Set Format to CSV and click OK. Now you can upload it into Excel.

Foreign Language Research

If you are writing in or using a language other than English, let Zotero know so that it can alphabetize appropriately for that language.

  1. In Zotero, open Preferences (under the "Zotero" menu on a Mac or the "Edit" menu on Windows)
  2. Click the "Export" tab
  3. Select your language "Language" dropdown menu.