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Zotero: Cite and Write

Zotero and Word Processor plug ins

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. 

Zotero options in Word Processors

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.
Unlink Citations

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.

Add Citations

Add citations

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*

Adding pinpoint citations


Add multiple citations


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.

entering multiple citations

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