Zotero Reference Manager

Zotero Reference Manager

FAQs: Add old bibliographies from MS Word, Google Docs, etc.

📍 How do I import bibliographies from my pre-Zotero papers written in Microsoft Word or other word processors?

You cannot directly copy-and-paste existing bibliographies into Zotero. You have several options for getting items from your pre-Zotero bibliographies into your Zotero for future use:

  1. For very short bibliographies, search for each of the items in a large database that is compatible with Zotero, such as Worldcat.org, Google Scholar/Books. Import the bibliographic data for each item into your Zotero.
  2. Zotero itself has resources for importing existing bibliographies: https://www.zotero.org/support/kb/importing_formatted_bibliographies

FAQs: What is Zotero and how do I use it?

📍 What is Zotero and how do I use it?

Zotero is a reference manager that allows you to quickly collect, organize, and cite your sources. Here's quick 4 minute video on why you should use Zotero.

How to use Zotero (Safari 13 on Apple Macs fell out of compatibility with Zotero connector--check Zotero's website for updates. We recommend that you use Chrome or Firefox in the meantime.)

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"...a variant of the well-known Zotero reference manager that adds support for legal and multilingual research and writing." You can use this unofficial version if you are already familiar with Zotero, however, the future development of this variant may not directly follow with upgrades to Zotero itself.


A bibliographic reference manager for gathering and organization citation information. An MS Word plugin can perform the cite-as-you-write function. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari plugins assist with gathering bibliographic information while researching online. Generates bibliographies in various citation styles with one click.

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Citation Converters

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A robust converter that allows you to paste a bibliography (from Word or other text documents) and verify its conversion before generating a file that Zotero (and other reference managers) can import as individual entries.