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COEN 3050: Complex Leadership Challenges: Zotero

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Zotero is a free research tool that helps you gather and organize sources, including: citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects. Zotero allows you to share the results of your research in a variety of ways.

Get Started with Zotero

Step Three: Explore and Become Familiar with Zotero Functions & Interface


Step Four: Explore Zotero Quick Start Guide


Step Five: Start Adding Content to Your Zotero Library

Writing with Zotero

Installing a Zotero word processor plugin adds a Zotero toolbar to your word processor (in Word 2008 for Mac the script menu is used; in Word 2010, the Zotero toolbar is in the “Add-Ins” tab on the ribbon).

Drag N Drop

Zotero can be used with Google Docs with drag n drop feature.  

  • To add a bibliography, simply select items in Zotero and drag them into the document.
  • To add a citation, hold the Shift key before dragging.
  • To use a different style, change your Quick Copy settings in the Export pane of the Zotero preferences.


Keyboard Shortcuts

Use Zotero's keyboard shortcuts to add citations and bibliographies to Google Docs.

Adding a Citation: To add an in text citation, highlight the reference in Zotero, and press Ctrl+Shift+A (Cmd+Shift+A on a Mac). Paste into Google Docs using Ctrl+V (Cmd+V on Mac) or right click and select paste.

Adding a Bibliography: To create a bibliography, highlight all the references in Zotero using Ctrl+Click (Cmd+Click on a Mac) to select multiple references, then press Ctrl+Shift+C (Cmd+Shift+C on a Mac). Paste into Google Docs using Ctrl+V (Cmd+V on Mac) or right click and select paste.

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