Zotero can be used in conjunction with word processors to format in-text citations and reference lists. Zotero Standalone version 5.0 includes the MS Word plug-in the initial download of Zotero.
To check that the plug in is installed, open MS Word, you should see a Zotero toolbar which allows you to use your Zotero library with MS Word:
NOTE: If you are working with an older version of MS Word, you will need to install the word processor plugin yourself.
Open a new word document (Ms Word, Google Docs, LibreOffice) and be sure your Zotero Standalone is open (this will not work by being logged in to Zotero Online). Begin writing your paper and when you get to the point where you are ready to add an in-text citation/footnote, follow these steps to pull citations from your Zotero Library:
When creating a Reference List, start with a blank page:
It's easy to create a bibliography from your library with Zotero Standalone.
Or you can just drag and drop references from the Zotero Standalone into your document! They'll turn into fully formatted citations. This works with any word processor including Google Docs and MS Word.