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Zotero: Create Bibliographies While Writing

Creating Your Bibliography While Writing

Zotero offers word processing plugins for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice/NeoOffice. Documentation for Installation, Usage Guide and Troubleshooting are found on the Zotero page. For most set-ups, 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 ("Insert Citation") on the toolbar. Select the reference you want to cite and click OK. Zotero will add the citation at your cursor.
  • At the end of your paper, click the third button ("Insert Bibliography"). Your bibliography will appear, and new citations will be added automatically. Change bibliographic styles with the last button on the toolbar ("Set Doc Prefs").


  • In Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac, the Zotero text menu will be found by clicking on the script menu: .