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Zotero

Creating Your Bibliography While You Write

Word Zotero Plugin​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. 

*NOTE: The word processor plugins are bundled with Zotero and should be installed automatically for each supported word processor on your computer when you first start Zotero.*

To add a citation:

  • Click the first button ("Add/Edit Citation") on the toolbar. Search for the reference you want to cite and press Enter. Zotero will add the citation at your cursor.
  • At the end of your paper, click the "Insert Bibliography" button. Your bibliography will appear, and new citations will be added automatically. Change bibliographic styles with the "Document Preferences" button.
  • The toolbar looks different on different operating systems and versions of Word. Mousing over the toolbar will pop up each button's function if they're not clearly labeled.

Don't see the Word toolbar?

If you don't see the Zotero toolbar in Microsoft Word, do the following:

  • Close Word, open Zotero.
  • in Zotero, click Edit menu / Preferences / Cite button / Word Processors tab.
  • Click "(Re)Install MS Word Add-in" button.
  • Reopen Word.