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In-Text Citations in Word

1. Open your Word document

2. Place your cursor where you want your citation to go

3. Find the Zotero tab

Word tabs

Look at the top row of your Word document options. You should see 'Zotero' as the last dropdown choice.

4. Select 'Add/Edit Citation'

5. Locate the Zotero search box and search for the source you'd like to cite

A red Zotero search box will pop up. Sometimes it shows up behind your browser. If you don't see it, minimize your browser.

In order to find your intended source, type in anything you know about it – keywords, title, author, journal name, publication year, etc.

6. Click on the source you'd like to cite, then add a page number (if needed)

7. When done, hit your computer's enter/return button

The citation will appear in the Word document where your cursor was!

Bibliographic Citations in Word

For this method to work, you must have at least one in-line citation created by the 'add/edit citation' process we just covered.

1. In the Zotero tab, select 'Add/Edit Bibliography'

That's it!

APA citation

If you add more in-text citations, the bibliography should automatically refresh. If not, click the 'refresh' button.