Libreoffice Zotero

Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. With support for over 9,000 citation styles, you can format your work to match any style guide or publication. Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. With support for over 9,000 citation styles, you can format your work to match any style guide or publication. On Zotero Standalone window, go to menubar Edit Preferences Cite Word Processor click the button Install LibreOffice Add-in (Writer must be running alongside Zotero if the button is not shown) OK follow the next steps some software will be installed Finished. Successful installation will make your LibreOffice Writer now looks.

Zotero is a free software to collect and create bibliography via web browser. Zotero licensed in GNU AGPL, and is available in GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Zotero has support for free office suite software like OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, and NeoOffice. Zotero used in research (or in any field that need citation and bibliography management). Its main features are to collect bibliography library from websites, journals, books, PDF files, images, and another sources; then to create citation and bibliography entries automatically in word processor. We want to introduce how to install Zotero and Zotero LibreOffice Plugin in Ubuntu (and it is compatible with another GNU/Linux distributions). Enjoy your research with Zotero.

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System Summary

In this tutorial, we use this set of software:
  • Firefox 37.0
  • LibreOffice 4.4
  • Ubuntu 15.04 32 bit
  • Zotero 4.0.28
  • Zotero LibreOffice Plugin 3.5.11
When writing this tutorial, we find that Firefox 28 (the default in Ubuntu 14.04) is not compatible with this version of Zotero.

Obtain Zotero and Zotero LibreOffice Plugin

We need two different software to install Zotero in our system, and then to integrate it in LibreOffice. First, the main Zotero interface will be united with Firefox (it will collect the bibliography library). Second, the integrator will connect between Firefox and LibreOffice by installing a new toolbar in LibreOffice. To get the two software, go to
  1. https://www.zotero.org/download and download Zotero For Firefox. It is actually just an XPI file (Firefox add-on file). At this time, the correct URL is https://download.zotero.org/extension/zotero-4.0.28.10.xpi.
  2. https://www.zotero.org/support/word_processor_plugin_installation and download LibreOffice Plugin. It is actually also an XPI file. At this time, the correct URL is https://download.zotero.org/integration/Zotero-LibreOffice-Plugin-3.5.11.xpi. This add-on will ask you later to install default-jre and libreoffice-java-common packages in Ubuntu.

Install Zotero and Zotero LibreOffice Plugin

First, to install Zotero for Firefox, drag the file (the XPI file) into Firefox window. You will see a dialog appears asking you to install. Just click install. After doing this, you must restart Firefox. After restarting, you will get 'Z' button on your toolbar (which is Zotero button) and when you press Ctrl+Shift+Z you get Zotero interface appears in the bottom of Firefox window.
Second, to install Zotero LibreOffice Plugin, drag the file into Firefox window. Do the same thing like the first. Then, you will see installation dialog with the usual Next button. This installation dialog will ask you to install default-jre and libreoffice-java-common

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packages in Ubuntu. Please turn on your internet connection and let it install them (it needs about 40 MB). After installing, restart your Firefox once more time and open LibreOffice Writer. You must see this Zotero toolbar in Writer (or enable it first from View > Toolbar > Zotero).
Until this point, your installation and integration are finished successfully. To use Zotero in LibreOffice, you must open Firefox (let LibreOffice and Firefox running concurrently).

Zotero, a free software for bibliography data collection and writing, is available in two form. The first form is web browser add-on (we've prepared the tutorial here), and the second is stand alone application. We will introduce how to install Zotero Stand Alone (GNU/Linux version) in Ubuntu. The benefit of using Stand Alone version is it doesn't depend to web browser anymore so you can focus into books/journals/another sources data collection.

System Summary


We use these set of software to write this tutorial:
  • LibreOffice 4.2
  • Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit
  • Zotero 4.0.28 Stand Alone

Libreoffice Zotero Portable

Obtain Zotero Stand Alone for GNU/Linux


What we need to get is Zotero Stand Alone package. This package contains binary 'portable' (don't need to be installed) and will ask you to install default-jre and libreoffice-java-common packages (around 40 MB) later. Download it from https://www.zotero.org/download/ in the Zotero Stand Alone section. At this time, the correct URL is https://download.zotero.org/standalone/4.0.28/Zotero-4.0.28_linux-i686.tar.bz2.

Install Zotero Stand Alone and Dependencies


First, extract Zotero package in a directory.Libreoffice
Second, enter extracted Zotero directory. Execute the zotero binary file (in Ubuntu, Nautilus shows the file as a purple diamond icon). See picture below.

Third, this will show you Zotero *LibreOffice Integration installation dialog. Go next and next until it ask you to install default-jre and libreoffice-java-common packages. Accept the installation and wait until they are finished completely. Completed installation results in Installation Successfulinformation.

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Zotero For Firefox


Fourth, restart LibreOffice. You must see Zotero Toolbar below in LibreOffice after installing the integration.
Fifth, just use Zotero Stand Alone as you wish. You can start adding bibliography data. Remember to keep Zotero Stand Alone running when you want to use Zotero Toolbar in LibreOffice.

Bonus

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Because Zotero Stand Alone is a 'portable' binary, you must manually add Zotero icon in Ubuntu Unity menu otherwise you must always double click on the file in its directory. To add Zotero to Unity menu, just use Alacarte.

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Or, run Zotero once and right click Zotero icon in Launcher > Lock to Launcher. You will get a shortcut for Zotero on the right panel.