1. Zotero Desktop App
In the Zotero desktop app, you cannot view a generated citation, but you can copy and paste the citation into a Word or text document in several ways.
a. Select and drag an item record into a Word document or Google doc.
b. Right click an item record, select "Create Bibliography from Item..." Select the citation style > "Output Mode: Bibliography" > "Output Method: Copy to Clipboard," and paste into your Word or Google document.
c. You can also copy and paste an in-text citation by selecting "Create Bibliography from Item..." and choosing "Output Mode: Citations."
2. Zotero Online (web-based library at zotero.org)
To generate a citation from your Zotero Online account, select the item you want to cite. In the right hand corner, there is a cite button:
Select the citation style and the citation will generate in the box below. Copy and paste to add to your bibliography or text document.
If you’re using Google Chrome and have already installed the plug-in for Google Chrome, a Zotero icon will appear in your Google docs toolbar (letter Z next to formatting options).
Either click on the Zotero icon, or navigate from the tool bar menu to Zotero > Add/edit citation. A Zotero search bar will appear. Then, search for a citation by author or title to add the in-text citation.
Use the same feature to add to or edit your bibliography. In this case, select Zotero > Add/edit bibliography.