Word Plugin

Works only with Microsoft Word, Word for Mac, LibreOffice (not Word Online)

When you install Zotero, it also adds a Zotero tab to your Word application. See our Download and Install instructions.

Zotero Word tab

The plugin allows you to:

  • Choose a citation style
  • Add a new citation or edit an existing one in your paper
  • Add or edit a bibliography or list of references

If you don't see the Zotero tab, try these Troubleshooting Tips.

Add citations to Word

1. Merge duplicates in Zotero

2. Go to the Zotero tab in Word

3. Click on Document Preferences to see a list of the installed citation styles

Zotero add citation to Word

4. Click on the one you want to use, then click OK

5. If you don't see the one you want, click on Manage Styles > Get additional styles

6. Place cursor where you want the citation

7. Click Add/Edit Citation

8. Select citation

9.  Add page number

  • To edit page number, click on the citation > click Add/Edit Citation again

Quick Copy for Short Papers

For short papers, Quick Copy is the easiest way to go. You can use this technique with Word, Google Docs, email, or blog posts.

Important! When you use this method, you are not linking Word to your Zotero program and coding will not be added to your document. So if you update references, or if you change the placement of them in your Zotero library, those changes will not be reflected in your document.

Add In-Text Citations: 

1. Set your Quick Copy Export Preferences. You can do the following:

  • Set the default export format
  • Set up site-specific export settings
  • Choose whether you want Zotero to include HTML markup when copying
  • Set up keyboard shortcuts
  • Learn more about Export Preferences

2. ​Hold down the shift key while dragging a reference from Zotero's middle pane into Word.

You can also create a quick bibliography using this same technique.