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Adding Bluebook Citations

The Bluebook is not one of the default citation formats in Zotero.  To add The Bluebook to the list of citation formats, do the following:

  1. Open Zotero desktop and go to Edit from the main menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Within Cite, click on the link to Get Additional Styles.
  4. Select the Bluebook Law Review style, and click Install.


Citation managers help you collect, organize, cite and share research.  Commonly used managers are Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote.  Because Zotero has an option to use the Bluebook style of citation which is commonly used in law schools, this guide focuses on Zotero.

Install Zotero

Go to the Zotero website at the link above, click on "Log in," and register for a free account. 

From the Zotero homepage or, download the Zotero desktop application and browser extension (Zotero Connector) for your Internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari). 

Zotero download page

Adding items to your library

There are several ways you can add items to your Zotero library. 

1. PDF files: If you already have PDF files saved to your computer that you'd like to add to your Zotero library, you can drag them into the desktop application. 

2. Use the DOI or other standard identifier: From the Zotero toolbar, click on the "Add Item by Identifier" button (). Copy and paste the identifier number associated with the item you're trying to add into the pop up window. You can use identifiers like ISBN, DOI, PubMed ID (PMID), or arXiv ID. Press the Enter key to finish adding the item to your library.

Click on add item by identifier button to enter an identifier like DOI


3. Use the Zotero browser extension: Click on the Zotero icon in your Internet browser to automatically import the citation information for an item to your library. The Zotero icon in your browser will change depending on what type of item you are looking at (journal article, book, video, etc.), but it should always say "Save to Zotero" when you hover over it. When you are looking at a journal article, the icon will appear as a white sheet of paper. When viewing a list of items, such as search results, the "Save to Zotero" icon will appear as a small folder and you will be able to select multiple items.

Screenshot of Zotero browser extension icon

If the full text of an article is available, Zotero should automatically save the PDF as an attachment. To see files that are attached to an item in Zotero, click on the arrow next to the item:

Screenshot of attachment view in Zotero


4. Add an RIS/BibText file: LibrarySearch and most databases will offer the option to export citation(s) in a particular file format that works with tools like Zotero. Open the file in Zotero to add it to your library. This is a good option for when you need to add many items to your library at once, but it will not include the PDFs of articles.


5. Manually add a source: Click on the "New Item" icon and select the type of item you are trying to add (additional options are available under "More"). Then you can manually enter the information about the item (title, author, etc.).

Screenshot of add item menu in Zotero

Cite in Microsoft Word

The Microsoft Word plugin should be installed automatically when you download Zotero. You may need to restart Microsoft Word if you have it open already. The plugin also works with LibreOffice. 

You should see a Zotero tab in Microsoft Word. Click here to see your options for adding citations and a bibliography to your Word document. You will need to have the Zotero desktop application open while you are using the Microsoft Word plugin. 

Screenshot of Zotero tab in Microsoft Word

Click on "Add/Edit Citation" to add your in-text citations as you write your paper. The first time you do this, there will be a popup asking you which citation style you want to use. Then you can search for the item you want to cite. You can search by title, author, or any other information associated with the item. 

Screenshot of search box for Zotero Word plugin

Select the item you want to cite and then press the enter key to finish inserting the in-text citation into your document. 

Click on "Add/Edit Bibliography" to create a bibliography of all the items you have cited throughout your paper. If you need to make any edits to the citation, make the corrections in Zotero and then click on "Refresh" to update the bibliography in your Word document.  


The Word plugin should be installed automatically, but if you are having difficulty getting it to appear, refer to the following links:

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