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There are a few ways to quickly generate a bibliography in the Zotero application:
To create a bibliography using your online Zotero library:
If you have MS Word on your computer when you install the Zotero desktop application, a MS Word add-in will automatically be installed to connect your Zotero library to your word processor. On a PC and newer versions of Word for Mac, this add-in will create a new menu tab in Word. On some older versions of Word for Mac, the Zotero add-in will be a small toolbar with a black scroll icon.
NOTE: If MS Word is open while you install the Zotero application, you will need to close and re-open MS Word in order to use the add-in.
There is also a LibreOffice add-in available. (Google docs integration is currently under development.)
To verify whether a word processing add-in is installed:
If there is a problem using the MS Word add-in, select Reinstall Microsoft Word Add-in to start anew.
With the Zotero add-in for MS Word, a new tab will appear in the menu ribbon:
When you are writing your paper, use the Zotero menu to insert citations instead of the default "Insert footnote" or "Insert Citation" options in MS Word.
A screencast demonstrating how to "write and cite" with Zotero in MS Word is available on YouTube.