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Zotero: Create Bibliographies While Writing

Using Zotero with Microsoft Word

Zotero offers word processing plugins for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice/NeoOffice. The Zotero plug-in for Word should download automatically when you install Zotero on your computer. If you need to reinstall, follow the directions here.  

  • 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: .

Using Zotero with Google Docs