Zotero Create Bibliography With Zotero

Zotero is a free citation management software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

It enables users to collect, manage, and cite research from all types of sources. It is easy to use, and offers both a web version and desktop software version. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes, images and screenshots to your citations, to organize them into collections for different projects, and to create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice.

Zotero can detect what type of resource you are viewing online, including articles, books, and webpages. You can then use it to find and save the full reference information. If the source is an online article or webpage, Zotero can optionally store a copy of the source as a screenshot. You can then add notes, tags, and related resources.

To use Zotero, you can either log into Zotero online from their website, or download Zotero 5.0, which runs as a separate application but connects to your favorite browser after you install the appropriate plugin. The plugin, called Zotero Connector, works with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Zotero 5.0 includes the option to install plugins for Word and OpenOffice, so you can 'cite while you write'.

For more help, see this official Zotero guide on their website.

To create an annotated bibliography in APA style:

  • Select American Psychological Association 6th edition (annotated bibliography with abstract) as your citation style. If you don't see this style in your list click "get additional styles."
  • Enter your annotation in the abstract field (you'll need to delete any abstract that was automatically imported).
  • Use the techniques listed above in the "create standard bibliographies" section to create a file with the annotated bibliography.

To create an annotated bibliography in Chicago style:

  • Select Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (note, annotated bibliography) as your citation style. If you don't see this style in your list click "get additional styles."
  • Enter your annotation in the Extra field (you'll need to delete anything that was automatically imported).
  • Use the techniques listed above in the "create standard bibliographies" section to create a file with the annotated bibliography.

To create annotated bibliographies in other styles:

  1. Type your annotation into the "Extra" field in Zotero (this field is almost at the bottom of the record) [Note: As to how much text can be stored in the Extra field, there is no limit on the client side. For syncing, text is limited to 64KB.]
  2. Download and install the style you want from the resource at Eastern Michigan University (listed below)
  3. Follow the techniques listed above in the "create standard bibliographies" section making sure you select the correct style.
  4. The following styles are available: APA, MLA, Chicago Author-Date, American Sociological Association, American Anthropological Association, American Medical Association, and Journal of Cell Biology.

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