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Zotero and Google Docs

Zotero can be used with Google Docs in the same way as with plain-text documents or emails. See the screencast on Zotero and Google tools.

  • To add a bibliography, simply select items in Zotero and drag them into the document.
  • To add a citation, hold the Shift key before dragging.

To use a different style, change your Quick Copy settings in the Export pane of the Zotero preferences.

At the moment there is no way to get an automatically updating bibliography in a Google Docs document. (There are several requests to the Google Docs team for allowing Zotero integration.)

One possible workaround is to write citations such as “{Smith, 2000}”, export from Google Docs to Rich Text Format (RTF), and use Zotero's RTF Scan feature. You'll have to do this each time you want to see your bibliography, though.

As a more convenient and reliable alternative to the built-in RTF Scan feature, the RTF/ODF-scan plugin for Zotero is also available.

google_docs.txt · Last modified: 2013/05/17 23:19 by aurimas