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Citation and Referencing Guide: ZoteroBib

This guide provides resources to support your citation and referencing practice in line with academic requirements

What is ZoteroBib?

ZoteroBib is a free web-based referencing tool that can be used to quickly create your in-text citations and reference list. It supports thousands of styles, including Westminster Harvard, and is very easy to use.

ZoteroBib automates a lot of the work for you, but like any referencing tool it is not perfect.

Make sure you double check that each reference is formatted correctly according to the rules for your chosen style. You will need to edit it if not.

Referencing with ZoteroBib

Step by step tutorial


1. Go to to access Zoterobib

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2. Then enter a URL, ISBN or title from a book, or DOI from a journal article

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3. Click Cite

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4. Scroll down and select your preferred referencing style

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5. Here I am choosing University of Westminster - Harvard

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6. To copy the in-text citation, click this icon beside the reference

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7. If you need to add a page number you can type it in here. Then click Copy Citation. Now it's ready to paste into your document.

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8. Next we're going to use a journal article with DOI

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9. Paste the DOI into Zoterobib then click Cite

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10. Look closely at the reference. Is it formatted correctly according to your chosen style? If not, click Edit

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11. The title of this article isn't in sentence case as it should be, so I'm going to edit it here

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12. I'm also going to replace the ampersand with the word 'and' in the journal's title

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13. When you're finished editing, click Done

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14. Again, to copy the in-text citation click this icon beside the reference

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15. When you've finished building your bibliography, scroll down and click Copy to Clipboard. Then paste it into your document

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16. You can also create a link to your bibliography and share it with others 

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17. Click Copy URL.
That's it, you're done!

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Here's an interactive tutorial