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Standalone Bibliographies

1.Select the documents you want to include in the bibliography (holding down the Ctrl key)
2. Right-click and choose the Create Bibliography function
3. Select a style and save your bibliography in the RTF format (if you want to have it in a text-processing program like Word) or in the HTML format (if you want to publish it on the Web).

To create a bibliography from a collection, right-click on the collection icon.

Inserting Citations in a Text

There is an integrated Zotero toolbar in Word, LibreOffice and Google Docs. You can only use this toolbar if Zotero is running.

: opens a search window that allows you to search for citations in your Zotero library, to select the style and insert the citation. For certain styles requiring footnotes, Zotero creates automatically the footnote and inserts the citation inside. You can also add a page number, a prefix or a suffix to a citation.

: add the content of a Zotero note to your text.

: creates automatically a bibliography with all the references cited in your text.

: allows you to change the style of your references.

If you do not find the Zotero toolbar, try to go to Preferences, Cite, Word Processors, and install or reinstall the Word or LibreOffice plugin. It solves the problem in most of the cases.

The Quick Copy Function

You can easily insert bibliographic references in any text field in your Web browser, such as an e-mail, a Google Docs document, a blog... Just drag and drop the reference, the citation will appear fully formatted in the default style. You can also use the Copy Citation or the Copy Bibliography function in the edit menu. To set or change your default style, select Preferences in the Edit menu, then Export and choose the style from the drop-down menu. 

Zotero Styles

A few styles are provided with the program, but thousands of others can be downloaded on the style repository. A direct link to this repository is available in the Preferences menu, Cite tab. 

To visualize quickly how a reference looks with the different styles included in your Zotero, you can use the Style preview tab. You will find it by clicking on the button on the Cite tab of the Preferences menu. Select one reference in your library and click on Refresh.