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How to Use Zotero

A guide to using the Zotero citation management tool

Drag & Drop Method

If you want to quickly add references to a paper, email, or blog post, simply select references in the center column and drag them into any text field or Word document.


Zotero will automatically create an alphabetized bibliography for you.


To configure your quick copy preferences, click the Actions menu (the gear icon) and select Preferences.

Within the Preferences pop-up window, select Export. From this pane you can set your default export format.

Right Click Method

To create a bibliography in Zotero, highlight one or more references

Then right-click (or control-click on Macs) to select “Create Bibliography from Selected Item(s).”

Then select a citation style for your bibliography format and choose one of the following four ways to create your bibliography:

  • Save as RTF will allow you to save the bibliography as a rich text file.
  • Save as HTML will allow you to save the bibliography as an HTML file for viewing in a web browser.
  • Save to Clipboard will allow you to save the bibliography to your clipboard to paste into any text field.
  • Print will send your bibliography straight to a printer.