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Zotero & ZoteroBib

Creating Quick Bibliographies

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

Select the references or collections you want to include. Hold the control key and click to select multiple items. Right-click one of the selected items and choose Create Bibliography.

Choose the bibliographic style you want, select Copy to Clipboard, click OK and paste into your word processor.

Image showing zotero menu and the selection "create bibliography from collection" highlighted.

This method works with any word processor (or anywhere you can paste text).

Creating Your Bibliography While You Write

Zotero offers word processing plugins for Word and OpenOffice. The plugin adds a Zotero toolbar to your word processor that allows you to add citations to your document while you write.

To add a citation, click the first button ("Add/Edit Citation") on the toolbar. Search for the reference you want to cite and press Enter. Zotero will add the citation at your cursor.

At the end of your paper, click the "Insert Bibliography" button. Your bibliography will appear, and new citations will be added automatically. Change bibliographic styles with the "Document Preferences" button.

The toolbar looks different on different operating systems and versions of Word. Mousing over the toolbar will pop up each button's function if they're not clearly labeled.

Image highlighting the Zotero option on the Word toolbar and the add citation/bibliography popup box.

Choose your Citation Style

Before you begin adding citations, you should check to see that you have selected the appropriate citation style. To do so, click on "edit" and "preferences" in your Zotero Library. as shown below.

Choose the "cite" tab in the "preferences" dialog box and select your citation style as shown below.

Once you have selected your citation style and selected "add/edit citation" your Zotero library will open and you can insert the appropriate citation as shown below.

 

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