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Learn how to use the free citation management software Zotero.

Download and install the Zotero word processor plug-in

Word processor plugins allow you to insert citations and bibliographies directly into your documents. Installing them is optional but highly recommended.

Go to the Word Processor Plugins page. Choose the most recent version of the plugins if you're installing Zotero for the first time.

Word for Mac/Windows users:

  • Close Word.
  • Click the link labeled "Install the Word for Windows Plugin" or "Install the Word for Mac Plugin."
  • When you see the message "Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click Allow.
  • Click Allow and Install now.
  • Restart Firefox when prompted.
(If you're using Zotero Standalone, you don't need to install Word toolbars; they are included with Zotero Standalone.)

Don't have Microsoft Word?

The Zotero word processing plug-ins do not work on some popular word processing applications, such as Apple's Pages. If you are a Mac user with Pages installed on your device, but would like to use the Zotero word-processing plug-ins you can, as an LMU student, install Microsoft Word for free. Or you can install the free, open source word processor from LibreOffice on to your machine.

Video: Using the Zotero word processor plug-in

Creating bibliographies without the word processor plug-in

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