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Zotero is free, easy to use software that helps you save, manage, and cite research sources.

Creating an Annotated Bibliograpy

If you'd like to use Zotero to manage an annotated bibliography, you can download a citation style that supports annotations. The following are available through Zotero’s Style Repository: American Psychological Association 6th edition (annotated bibliography with abstract) and Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (note, annotated bibliography). To download one of these styles…

  • Go to
  • Search for “annotated” in the provided search field (at the top of the webpage).
  • Select the style you want.
    • On a PC, you will simply click on a hyperlinked style and select Install from the resulting pop-up box.
    • On a Mac…
      • Click on your desired style. The style file will then appear in your computer’s Downloads folder.
      • Within the Downloads folder, select the appropriate file.
      • A pop up box may appear that reads, Install Style. Select Install.

Important: If using Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (note, annotated bibliography), add annotations to the source's Extra field in Zotero. If using American Psychological Association 6th edition (annotated bibliography with abstract), insert annotations into the Abstract field.

When it's time to create your bibliography, it's easiest to collect all of your bibliography's sources into a new collection (see Adding Items to your Library), then right-click on the collection title and select Create Bibliography from Collection

right click menu in the collections pane

Then, select your annotated bibliography citation style from the list and ensure that Copy to Clipboard is selected. Click OK.

create bibliography from collection

Now you can paste in your annotated bibliography anywhere you can paste in text--a Word document, Google Doc, email, etc.

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