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Google Docs: Zotero

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Google Docs and Zotero

The two easiest ways to insert citations and bibliographies into Google Docs using Zotero are:

More advanced users may be interested in the RTF Scan feature available from Zotero or the new RTF-ODF Scan plug in. For more information read the Zotero and Google Docs page.

Keyboard Shortcut

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.

Drag and Drop

Use Zotero's drag and drop to add citations or a bibliography to Google Docs.

Adding a Citation.

To add a citation, highlight the reference in Zotero, hold down the shift key and drag and drop to Google Docs.

Adding a bibliography


To add a bibliography using Zotero, select the references for your bibliography and drag and drop them on to Google Docs.