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Zotero Citation Management Guide

This guide will introduce Zotero, the Library's recommended citation tool, and help you use it for citing sources!

Instantly Create a Bibliography from Zotero Desktop

Right-Click to Instantly Create Citation/Bibliography

To create a bibliography or a citations list in Zotero, highlight one or more references and then right-click (or control-click on Macs) to select “Create Bibliography from Selected Item(s)…”. Then select a citation style for your citation/bibliography format and choose either to create a list of Citations/Notes or a Bibliography. Then choose one of the following four ways to create your citation/bibliography:

  • Save as RTF will allow you to save the bibliography as a rich text file.

  • Save as HTML will allow you to save the bibliography as a HTML file for viewing in a web browser. This format will also embed metadata allowing other Zotero users viewing the document to capture bibliographic information.

  • Copy to Clipboard will allow you to save the bibliography to your clipboard to paste into any text field.

  • Print will send your bibliography straight to a printer.

Integrate Zotero with your Word Processor

Editing a document in MS Word, Google Docs or LibreOffice?

  • Easy-to-use Word Processor Integration plug-ins are the most powerful way to automatically generate bibliographies and in-text citations.
  • Plug-ins create dynamic bibliographies:
    • insert a new in-text citation in your manuscript, and the bibliography will be automatically updated to include the cited item.
    • Correct the title of an item in your Zotero library and with a click of a button the change will be incorporated in your documents.

Word Processor Integration plug-ins will automatically install when you download Zotero Desktop.

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