Zotero can be used with Microsoft Word, Libre Office and Google Docs.
For information on using Zotero with other text editors and programs, see this list of additional plug in options.
Word processor plug ins should automatically download with the Zotero program. If you can't see a Zotero tab in Word or Libre Office, follow the steps on this Troubleshooting Page (find your relevant Operating system and word processor version).
In Google Docs, the Zotero menu item will appear when using Chrome or Firefox if you have added the Zotero connector to the browser. The first time you use Zotero in Google Docs, you will be asked to authenticate with your Google account details.
|Add/Edit Citation||Add a new citation or edit an existing citation in your document at the cursor location|
|Add/Edit Bibliography||Insert a bibliography at the cursor location or edit an existing bibliography|
|Document Preferences||Open the Document Preferences window, e.g. to change the citation style.|
|Refresh||Refresh all citations and the bibliography, updating any item metadata that has changed in your Zotero library.|
Remove Zotero field codes from the document. Field codes allow Zotero to generate your references in your chosen style within your document.
Removing field codes changes your references in to plain text and prevents any further automatic updates of the citations and bibliographies. This is irreversible.
When you first add a citation, Zotero will ask you to select your referencing style. You can choose from the default list, along with any other styles you've installed, in a pop up window.
To change the citation style, click on Document Preferences to select a citation style
Once Zotero is installed, access the Style Manager in the Preferences option.
Zotero has a style repository of over 9000 citation styles. Add an additional style by clicking the 'Get Additional Styles' link. This will open a new window and then search for the citation style by name. Use filters to limit to styles with certain formats, or styles used by particular academic fields.
To add a new style to Zotero, click the name of the style. This will add it to the Style Manager panel where you can select from a large list of available styles.
Click on the Zotero tab in your word processor and click the Add Citation
Quick view - enter your terms (author, words from the title) in the search bar, the references that match will be displayed. Click to select.
|Classic View - displays your library. Select reference/s and click OK to insert them into your document|
*Explain field codes at this point to lead on to next sections*
To add multiple citations, enter the first citation
Enter the words from the next citation (ie author name, words from the title)
Repeat until you have added all required citations
Hit enter to insert them into your document.
To generate a bibliography place your cursor where you want the bibliography and click the Add/Edit Bibliography button.
All sources cited in your document will be listed.
To add additional sources to your bibliography, click anywhere within your bibliography, click the Add/Edit Bibliography button. Select the references to be added and click the green arrow to add more sources to the right hand column. These will be added to your bibliography.
Click on Add/Edit Citations
In the Citation Bar, click on the citation you want to edit.
Add page numbers, and other text, or remove the citation .
Removing field codes should only be done when you are ready to finish and/or
submit your document.
It is an irreversible process. You should save a back-up copy of your
document in case you do need to make changes.When you are ready, click unlink citations
Allows you to create a one off bibliography. Go to https://zbib.org/
When finished export to RTF, HTML, RIS (for other reference managers), BibTeX or Zotero