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Zotero: Zotero + Google Docs

Important!

Accessing Zotero from the toolbar in Google Docs won't work unless you have your Zotero desktop app open in the background!

Choosing Citation Format

From the Google Doc toolbar, select Zotero. Then select Document Preferences -- this will open up a window where you can choose the citation style you need.

Document preferences menu in Google Docs

Creating In-Text Citations and Bibliographies

To add in-text citations in Google Docs from the Zotero toolbar, choose Add/edit citation. A toolbar will appear in the middle of your screen. Type a keyword, author name, or title into the search bar to locate the resource you want to cite. You can add as many as you need. 

Zotero in-text citation toolbar in Google Docs

Once you've located your resource(s), use the enter function of your keyboard to have create in in-text citation.

 

To create a bibliography from your in-text citations, simply choose Add/edit bibliography from the Zotero toolbar. A bibliography for all previously added in-text citations will appear. 

Don't see the Zotero Toolbar?

You can still add in-text citations and create bibliographies with Google Docs, even if the Zotero toolbar doesn't appear. 

To create in-text citations, hold the shift key on your keyboard while dragging and dropping a resource from your Zotero desktop app into your Google Doc. 

To create a bibliography, highlight all the resources in your Zotero desktop app that you want to cite, then drag and drop them into your Google Doc.