The Zotero Google Docs integration works with Chrome and Firefox. The Zotero connector adds a Zotero menu to the Google Docs toolbar.
The Zotero Microsoft Word integration works with most recent versions of Word, and the Zotero software applications adds a Zotero menu to the Word toolbar. (If you experience any issues with the toolbar, you can troubleshoot these following the steps in the box at left, "Troubleshooting Issues with the Zotero Toolbar in Word.") You can download Microsoft Office on your own machine by logging in at http://login.microsoftonline.com with your Guilford username and network password. Please put in a ticket with the IT&S Help Desk if you have any issues downloading Office.
Here are the steps to take to begin citing work in Google Docs or Microsoft Word using Zotero:
- Make sure Zotero is open when you open your document to start writing.
- Before beginning to add citations, open up "Document preferences..." in the Zotero toolbar menu to choose your citation style. This can be changed at any time.
- As you write, add your citations to cite your sources: click "Add/edit citation..." in the Zotero toolbar menu. The Zotero search bar will pop up in its own little window: start typing any of your source information (title, authors, etc.) and select it from the dropdown. You can select multiple sources. To add page numbers, just click the source name in the pop-up window. When you're done adding sources, hit enter, and your citation will appear in your document.
- When you're done writing and are ready to generate your bibliography, click "Add/edit bibliography..." in the Zotero toolbar menu.
- You can use the "Refresh..." option in the Zotero toolbar menu to reflect any changes you have made it - here are some changes you might need to make:
- if there are errors in the citation or bibliography (for example, typos or extraneous punctuation marks) - correct them in Zotero, then click "Refresh..."
- if you want to add additional sources and see them reflected in the bibliography, click "Refresh..."
- if you need to change your citation style for your document, go to "Document preferences..." in the Zotero toolbar menu and choose your new citation style, then click "Refresh..."
There is an additional step to take at the end when editing in a Google Doc:
- Once you’re finished editing, you’ll need to make a copy of your document and then unlink the citations to be able to download it as a PDF and have citations show up correctly. (You’ll get a warning from Zotero if you forget to do this.) You can make a copy of the document by going to "File" > "Make a copy" - and you can then unlink the citations from the "Unlink citations..." option under the Zotero toolbar.
- You want to make a copy instead of unlinking citations on the original document so you still have this original copy linked to Zotero and can make changes as needed when things come up.
Limitations with Google Docs: anyone making changes to the document should have the Zotero Connector installed as well. For collaborative work, Zotero recommends creating a shared library, so that all sources being cited have the same information and are coming from the same place.