Creating a bibliography from sources within your Zotero library is a breeze!
Drag and Drop Bibliography with Quick Copy
You can also just drag and drop selected references from Zotero directly into your document. Just select the references you wish to include and drag the selection into any word processor (even Google Docs) or online text field (like a blog post text field).
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 tab you can do the following:
You can also use Quick Copy keyboard shortcuts to copy citations and bibliographies to your system clipboard and then paste them into documents. See the Shortcut Keys preference pane for the default keys.
Zotero integrates with several word processors through various plugins, and is currently compatible with Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and Google Docs. Please see the Installation page of this LibGuide for instructions for setting up the word processor plugins.
Installing a Zotero word processor plugin adds a Zotero toolbar to your word processor.
For information about the exact location of the toolbar for your operating system and word processor, and for instructions on how to use the toolbar, see Zotero's Word Processor Plugins page.
This feature allows users to insert in-text citations as they are writing and also to generate (and maintain) a bibliography populated by those in-text citations.
Zotero hosts a demonstrative video by Oregon State University Libraries that helps to show how to use this tool and how it can be useful during the writing process:
Reports are simple HTML pages that give an overview of the item metadata, notes, and attachments of the selected items. You can print them, post them to the web, and email them.
To create a report, right-click (ctrl-click on OS X) an item or a selection of items in the center column and select “Generate Report from Selected Item(s)…”. You can also right-click a collection in the left column and select “Generate Report from Collection”.
Some Uses for Reports
A more comprehensive overview of the Zotero Reports feature is available on the Zotero Reports support page.