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Zotero Citation Manager Guide: Citing & Referencing

A guide for downloading, installing and getting started using the Zotero Citation Manager.

Citing & Referencing


Zotero creates custom bibliographies and reference lists in most major publication styles, including MLA, Chicago Manual style, Turabian, Harvard, APA 7th ed, and many more.

To create a bibliography in Zotero:

1) Open the Zotero Database (click the "Z" for Zotero link in upper right corner of FireFox Toolbar if using Zotero for FireFox).

2) Open the subfolder from which you wish to draw records for your bibliography.

3) Highlight the records to be included in your list (hold down the shift key and left click the moust to add records to the batch).

4) Right click mouse (over highlighted records) to open process window.

6) This will open a new Create Citation/Bibliography window.

7) Open new or saved windows document and position cursor where you wish to paste bibliography.

8) Click "Paste." Your bibliography will paste into the document at the designated cursor point.

Zotero can create citations in a variety of style manual formats including footnotes, endnotes, and parenthetical citations.

2 methods for adding citations to a document:

a) Directly from the Zotero Library (same procedure as used for Bibliographies, except 6b: select "Citations" instead of "Bibliography.")

b) Create using Zotero for Word App (see instructions below).

Prerequisite: Download and install Zotero for Word App (see instructions below).

1.  In your Word document, place the mouse cursor in the text where you wish to insert a citation.

2. Open the Zotero tab in the MS Word utility bar (between View & Help in header).

3. Click the Zotero Add/Edit Citation icon (icon farthest left).

4. Opens the Document Preferences window.

 a) Select Citation Style (eg, APA 7th ed or Turabian) and click OK.

5. Opens Zotero Library (Red rectangle).

a) Select Classic View from drop down menu.

Zotero will insert properly formatted citation into text at cursor point.

1. Locate and click the Edit link (between File & View) in the Zotero database.

2. Select the Preferences link (opens Zotero Preferences window).

3. Select Cite from the utility bar in the header.

4. Select the Word Processors tab.

5. Select the appropriate word processor Add-in (Word or LibreOffice).


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