As you prepare to use Zotero to create citations for your writing, be sure the references in your library are complete and accurate.If you use Zotero to cite something and notice the citation has errors, go directly to your Zotero library and make the necessary edits to the original reference to ensure that it will be accurate in the future.
One of the main reasons to use Zotero is to have it auto-format references in your writing. Zotero is compatible with a number of word processing tools, including Microsoft Office 365, but only with the apps, not the web-based version. As a UMassD user, you can download the Microsoft Office 365 apps to your computer.
If you haven't already done so, to download the apps go to this link:
Adding citations and a reference list to your Microsoft Word documents is easy with the Zotero toolbar.
First, open the Zotero client. Then open Word.
To add a citation:
Customize your citation:
To see your whole Zotero library in order to add citations:
Click "Add/Edit Citation" in the Zotero tab. Then click the Z drop-down in the red-bordered Z bar and choose "Classic View."
In Classic View, you'll need to click the "Multiple Sources" button to cite more than one item at a time. It will initially cite the selected source; select another and click the green arrow to add it.
To edit an existing citation in your document:
To add a bibliography/reference list:
If you notice errors in any of your citations or bibliography items:
If you need to include references in your bibliography that are NOT cited in the text of your writing:
This video is an excellent introduction to using Zotero in Word! It's 8 minutes long, but I strongly recommend you watch it.
Using Zotero with Google Docs works largely as it does in Microsoft Word, so read through those instructions first. The major difference is that Word uses a tab menu and Google Docs has a standard drop-down menu and a button on the toolbar.
Zotero in Google Docs can be quite a bit slower than Word, but it has one major advantage: if you have a shared Zotero library, and will be working on a shared document with your Zotero collaborators, all of you can work in the Google Doc at the same time.
I've experienced some errors when attempting to use Zotero with Google Docs, so use at your own risk. Check the Zotero Forums (see the Help tab of this guide) for advice relating to Google Docs problems or error messages.
Zotero has numerous plugins for word processors and text editors. You can use Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs, LaTeX, and more.
For Microsoft Word and LibreOffice, you can activate the plugins in the Zotero client:
For Google Docs, installing the Zotero Connector for Chrome (which you would have done in the "Get Started" tab of this guide) automatically adds a Zotero menu to your Google Docs interface.
If you just want to create a quick list of in-text citation or list of references, you can do so in Zotero.
If you keep Zotero open at the same time as your word processor or text editor, you can drag and drop references to cite them.
Ideally, the information on this page will suffice to get you up and running using Zotero with your favorite text editing tool. If you need additional help, contact your librarian! You might also consider reading the documentation found at the link below.
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