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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.  

  • Before you add any citations, it's best to set your bibliographic style preferences with the option "Document Preferences."
  • To add a citation, click the first button ("Insert Citation") on the toolbar. A red search bar will appear and you can search for the reference you want to cite and hit enter. Zotero will add the citation at your cursor. You can also click the little Red Zotero iconto change to "Classic View," which will open up your Zotero Library so you can browse and choose manually.
  • At the end of your paper, click the button "Add/edit Bibliography." Your bibliography will appear, and new citations will be added automatically. You can refresh your citations using the "Refresh" button and change bibliographic styles with the "Document Preferences" button.


Zotero menu options in Microsoft Word.


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

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