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Cite in MS Word & Google Docs

Zotero is a free Firefox, Chrome, and Safari extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Zotero 4.1: Citing Sources

Zotero 4.2: Creating a Bibliography

Alternative Ways to Create a Bibliography

Drag & Drop

You can also create a simple bibliography by dragging any list of items from your Zotero Library and dropping it anywhere that you can type: a Word Document, a Google Doc, your email. 

Right Click

Right-click any list of references and select ‘Create Bibliography from Selected Items…’ to create a new file of automatically formatted citations.

Using Zotero with Google Docs

When you add the Zotero Connector to Chrome, the Zotero menu should automatically appear in Google Docs. The functions in Google Docs are nearly the same as in MS Word. After you add citations, when you add a bibliography, it will automatically populate with all the records you've cited.

Note: if the red "add citations" entry bar doesn't appear when you click "add citation," it might be hiding behind your browser window. Shrink the browser window, and you should be able to see it.

zotero in google docs

Creating Bibliographies

Zotero automatically formats your references into whatever citation style you (or your professors) prefer: MLA, Chicago, APA...

In addition to the citation styles that come standard with Zotero, you can also download hundreds of other additional styles.

Check Your Bibliography

There are mistakes in Library catalogs and databases! Whatever Zotero imports will ultimately be in your bibliography, so check the output for errors -- correct any inside Zotero, then rerun your bibliography so that it will be permanently fixed.