There are two ways to use Zotero to generate your in-text citations.<>1. Use the Zotero Add-in to Word or LibreOffice that is part of Zotero 5.0 and later versions. If you don't see the Zotero tab in Word, you may need to reinstall it. Open Zotero, and in the Edit menu, choose Preferences. Then choose the Cite section and the Word Processors tab within that section. Click the gray button to install or reinstall the Word Add-in. Once you have a Zotero tab in Word, you will use the Add/Edit Citation button there to add a citation from your Zotero library.
Select citations from your Zotero database to add as you go along.
2. Save your working document as a "rich text document" (.rtf) file. Follow the instructions for RTF import, and all your citations will "magically" be formatted at the same time. Instructions: http://www.zotero.org/support/rtf_scan
To create a bibliography in Zotero, highlight one or more references and then right-click (or control-click on Macs) to select “Create Bibliography from Selected Item(s).” Then select a citation style for your bibliography format and choose one of the following four ways to create your bibliography:
For most users, the Save to Clipboard option is most common. Once the items are saved to the clipboard, just hit "paste" in your document, and the formatted citations will be pasted in, in the correct order as specified by the style you select.
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 use a different style, change your Quick Copy settings in the Export pane of the Zotero preferences.