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Zotero comes with a number of citation styles already installed, like APA, MLA, Harvard, and Chicago. But, there are many more available that you can download and install.
- Go to the Zotero Style Repository page
- Search for the style you need, like IEEE
- Download the style (right-click the Install link and choose Save As)
- Open Zotero preferences in the desktop version.
- Click Cite
- Click Styles
- Click the "+" button and select the style your downloaded (a .CSL file)
The new style will now appear in Zotero's style lists.
While You Write
Zotero also offers plug-ins for Word, Open Office, and Libre Office. These plugins add a Zotero toolbar to your word processor that allows you to add citations while you write.
To add an in-text citation:
- Click "Add/Edit Citation"
- Search for the reference you want, and press Enter
- Zotero will add the citation at your cursor.
To create the bibliography:
- Click the "Add/Edit Bibliography" button
- Zotero will create the bibliography based upon what you have added to your paper.
- New citations will be added automatically.
You can change the bibliographic style by using the "Document Preferences" in the toolbar.
It's easy to create a bibliography using your Zotero library.
- Select the references or collections that you want to include. Hold the Ctrl key and click to select multiple items.
- Right-click one of the selected items and choose "Create Bibliography."
- Choose the style you want
- Select Copy to Clipboard
- Click OK
- Paste into your word processor