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How to use Zotero to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

Creating Your Bibliography: Straight From Zotero

Creating a Bibliography

It's easy to create a bibliography from your Zotero library:

  1. Select the references (or a complete collection) you want to include. 
  2. Right-click the selected items and choose Create Bibliography.
  3. Choose the bibliographic style you want, and select the output format.

Or you can just drag and drop references from Zotero into your document! They'll turn into fully formatted citations. This works with any word processor including Google Docs.

NOTE: This feature is currently NOT working correctly with numbered citation styles like Vancouver and American Chemical Society.


Zotero Word Plugin

Zotero Word Processor Plugins 

Zotero has plugins for Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs that allow you to insert in-text citations into projects and will generate a bibliography automatically for items cited.  

The plugins for Word and LibreOffice should be automatically added once Zotero is downloaded and Word/LibreOffice have been restarted.  

You need to have the browser connector installed in your browser to use Zotero with Google Docs. 

Watch the video below for a demonstration of how the plugin works.