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Zotero Support: Using Zotero with Word Processing Programs

Zotero and Word Processors

Zotero will work with Microsoft Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice/NeoOffice to create bibliographies and insert in-text citations into your manuscript. To help you get started here are links to quick guides on using Zotero with word processors:

Installing Plug-in

To use Zotero to format bibliographies and documents in Microsoft Word you need to first install the word plug-in. Prior to doing this you should review the Zotero documentation on Word processor integration.

Once installed you should see the following Zotero toolbar in Word:

PC

 

Mac

 

Creating stand-alone bibliographies on a PC and Mac

1. Select some or all of the references in your Zotero library, Right click and select Create Bibliography from Items


 

2. Choose the Citation Style and Copy to Clipboard for pasting into a document or email.


3. Paste into the document. 

Inserting Parenthetical Citations

1. Go to the place in your word document that you would like to insert the parenthetical citation. Select the Add/Edit Citation button on the Zotero or Add-ins toolbar.




 

2. Select the citation style from the list and click OK.


 

3. A search box will pop that will allow you to search your Zotero library by author, title, keyword, etc. Search and select the citation you want to add.




 

4. Once you have made your selection, click on the citation in the search box and it will open up a screen so you can add page numbers. 



 

5. Your formatted parenthetical citation will now appear in your Word document.

Inserting Footnotes

1. Go to the place in your word document that you would like to insert the footnote. Select the Add/Edit Citation button on the Zotero or Add-ins toolbar.



2. Select the footnote citation style from the list and click OK.

3. A search box will pop that will allow you to search your Zotero library by author, title, keyword, etc. Search and select the citation you want to add.


4. Once you have made your selection, click on the citation in the search box and it will open up a screen so you can add page numbers. 



5. Your formatted footnote will now appear in your Word document.

Insert bibliography of in-text citations

1. After inserting citations into your document, go to the Zotero tab or Add-ins tab on a Mac. Choose the Insert Bibliography option.




2. The bibliography will appear at the end of your document.