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Creating Bibliographies

Creating Quick Bibliographies

There are several ways to create a bibliography.

Option 1:
Select the references or collections you want to include. To select multiple items hold the control key. Right-click one of the selected items and choose Create Bibliography.

Choose the bibliographic style you want, and select the output format: Save as RTFor HTML, copy to clipboard or print. (The RTF file format is compatible with all word processors.)

Option 2:
Drag and drop references from Zotero into your document! They'll turn into fully formatted citations. This works with any word processor, including Google Docs. Change the default style on the "gear" menu under 'Preferences.'

Option 3:
If you used Zotero's cite-as-you-write feature in Word, from the Zotero menu in Word click the second icon in the upper left (Create bibliography). (For further explanation see below.)

Creating your bibliography while you write

Zotero offers word processing plugins for Word and OpenOffice. The plugin adds a Zotero toolbar to your word processor that allows you to add citations to your document while you write.

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").

Adding additional styles to Zotero

Zotero comes with the most common bibliographic styles, but many more are available to download.

To install a Zotero style:

  1. Go to the Zotero Style Repository page in Firefox.
  2. Search for the name of the style you need.
  3. Click the Install link next to the style, then the Install button to confirm.

The new style will appear in Zotero's style lists.