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.
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.