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Citation Best Practices: A first few steps for Zotero

Using citation management to support ethical, high quality research

Getting started

  • First:

    • Download the Zotero desktop application
    • Add the Zotero connector to your browser
    • Within Zotero, create a folder for your paper or project 
  • Next:

    • Go to your favorite database
    • open your Zotero desk top application 
    • Search within the database
      • as you find articles of interest, click on the Zotero connection icon in your browser 
      • This should show you a list of the articles
      • Check the boxes for the articles you want to add to your folder 
  • Next

    • Go back to the Zotero application 
    • Check the folder 
    • If pdfs were part of the database collection, you will be able to open the pdf from Zotero


A few additional details

If Zotero brings a PDF into your Zotero library along with the citation, click on the PDF icon to read the PDF in the Zotero application.

  • You can take notes
  • add sticky icons
  • and highlight

 Zotero has a Word integration 

  • click on the reference tab in MS WORD, look for the Zotero icon, follow steps to add in-text citations (as your subject librarian for assistance!) 
  • Automatically create bibliography/reference list/works cited from the in-text citations

Some schools do not allow the add-ins in Word. Before choosing your platform, determine which application will readily integrate with Word. 

You can manually add citations and create bibliographies with Word. 

Please contact Rebecca Stuhr for more information and assistance

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