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Citation Management : Zotero

A guide for all things citation management.

Download Zotero

Click on the large red 'download' button here

You can choose Zotero for Firefox or the stand-alone version

Tips for Getting Started with Zotero (Firefox plug-in)

Adding References

Enter manually:

  • From the Zotero window at the bottom of your screen, click on the plus button; 'new item'
  • Select material type.
  • Enter information in the pane on the right hand side of the Zotero window

Direct Export from your favorite database (in general):

  • Conduct a search and click on the icon at the end of the url on a web site (it will be a book icon, a folder icon, or a paper icon)
  • Item will be saved immediately in your Zotero library. Drag the reference to the appropriate Zotero folder
  • You can also export a citation using the RIS file option
  • Consult details for specific databases

Writing a Paper

  • Download the Zotero plug-in for Word; Click 'download' from the Zotero web site to find the plug-in or go here
  • Open Word. The tool bar will be under 'add-ins' on a PC or 'view' 'toolbars' on a MAC
  • Place your cursor in your document where you would like the citation to be.
  • Choose the citation style then click 'ok'. A large Zotero search box will appear.
  • Search for your citation and hit the return button.
  • To insert the bibliography into the paper, click on the third icon on the tool bar: 'insert bibliography'

Create a Bibliography

So easy!

  • Highlight one or more references in your Zotero library
  • Right click or control-click on Macs) to select 'Create Bibliography from Selected Item(s).'
  • Select a citation style for your bibliography format and choose an output format.