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Citation Management Software: Writing and Citing

A guide to the commonly used citation - or reference - management software available to the U-Idaho community.

Writing & Citing

Create In-Text Citations or a Bibliography in Zotero

  • Open the Zotero desktop app
  • Select the items you want to include in a bibliography
    • Option 1: Click a single reference
    • Option 2: Ctrl+Click multiple references
    • Option 3: Right click the name of a collection
  • Right click and select Create Bibliography from Items
  • Choose the Citation Style
  • Choose the Output Mode
    • Citations = In-text citations
    • Bibliography = Bibliography
  • Choose the Output Method
  • Click OK
Zotero Create a Bibliography

The Zotero Word plugin is bundled with Zotero and should be installed automatically.

Insert In-Text Citations

  • Open the Zotero desktop app
  • Navigate to the Zotero tab and the Zotero section
  • Click your cursor where you would like to add the in-text citation
  • Click Add/Edit Citation
    • Choose your Citation Style, if prompted, and click OK
  • Enter search terms related to the reference you want to insert, such as the author's name, the source title, etc.
Zotero Insert In-Text Citation
 
  • Click the appropriate reference
  • Hit Enter on your keyboard to add the in-text citation
    • You can also search for another reference and hit Enter when you're ready to add an entire list
Zotero Insert In-Text Citation

 

  • An in-text citation will be added to your document in the style you originally selected
Zotero In-Text Citation Example

 

Insert a Bibliography

  • Open Zotero
  • Navigate to the Zotero tab and the Zotero section
  • Click your cursor where you would like to add the bibliography
  • Click Add/Edit Bibliography
  • A bibliography will be added to your document in the style you originally selected
Zotero Insert Bibliography

 

Change Citation Style for all References in a Document

  • Open Zotero
  • Navigate to the Zotero tab and the Zotero section
  • Click Document Preferences
  • Click in the Citation Style box and select another style
  • Click OK
  • The references in your document now reflect the style you selected
Zotero Change Citation Style

Use Zotero with Google Docs

The Zotero Google Docs plugin is bundled with the Zotero Connector and should be added automatically. Please visit Zotero's Documentation page for more information about using Zotero with Google Docs.