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Creating Your Bibliography: Straight From Zotero

Option One: Integrating MS Word or Google Docs with Zotero

Zotero offers word processing plugins for Word and Libre Office, and the Zotero Connector (for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge) provides similar functionality in Google Docs. These add a Zotero toolbar to your word processor that allows you to add citations to your document while you write.

To add a citation:

  1. Place your cursor where you want the citation or footnote to appear
  2. Click "Add/Edit Citation"
  3. In the resulting red box, search for the the reference you want to cite (when you select a reference, you may click on that reference to add page numbers)
  4. Hit the ENTER key to insert the citation into your document.

At the end of your paper, place your cursor where you'd like your bibliography to appear and then click the "Add/Edit Bibliography" option.

You may change citation styles using the "Document Preferences" option.

Option 2: Drag and Drop

You can drag and drop references from Zotero into your document. This works with any text box, including email.

  1. Select your citation style by going Zotero's Preferences > Export > Default Format.
  2. Drag and Drop citations and bibliography
    1. Drag an item to your document to create a bibliographic entry
    2. Hold down the SHIFT key and drag an item to your document to create a citation.

Option 3: Copy and Paste

  1. Select the references or collections you want to include.
  2. Right-click one of the selected items and choose Create Bibliography From Item.
  3. Choose the bibliographic style you want, and select the output format: Save as RTF or HTML, copy to clipboard or print. (The RTF file format is compatible with all word processors.)