Introducing ZoteroBib

We're excited to announce ZoteroBib, a new, free service to help people quickly create bibliographies without installing any software or creating an account.

See our blog post for more details.

If you're a regular, happy Zotero user, ZoteroBib probably isn't of much use (though it's not a bad way to quickly build and share a one-off bibliography), but we're hoping it allows many more people to benefit from what the Zotero/CSL/citeproc-js community has built and spurs further improvements that benefit all Zotero users. We'll be bringing features and design work from ZoteroBib back to Zotero and the Zotero web interface soon, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you know someone who might need to create the occasional bibliography, let them know about ZoteroBib!
  • This is amazing work on so many levels (the UI is fantastic). Thank you!

    I can't wait to see what will be backported to Zotero and Zotero web particularly.
  • Hello,

    I'm really happy to know about this new feature of Zotero and especially anxious to see some of them aplied in Zotero Web.

    I was wondering if it's possible that you change ABNT styles in the same way that you did with APA style (Why are all the proper nouns in my entries in lowercase when I use APA style?) because it's the same case.

    Thanks for always bring new improvements.

    Best regards,
  • Hi !

    Works great. Nice tool. Congrats!
    One issue though: can't make it work on Internet Explorer 11 - my company default browser.

    Is it something you're aware of?
  • Looks very useful so far. I think I'll recommend it especially to those of our students who start to think about easy ways to create bibliographies only when they have to hand in their papers the next day.

    I have one question about the conversion from title case to sentence case for APA ciations. I work at a German library and our patrons often need bibliographies with a mix of German and English titles. In Zotero Standalone I could switch to sentence case for citations on a case for case base, but with ZoteroBib it's always for the whole Bibliography. This leads to wrong citations for the German titles. Am I doing it wrong or is there a workaround for this problem?

    Otherwise this is a great tool for creating bibliographies.

  • I was wondering if it's possible that you change ABNT styles in the same way that you did with APA style
    @luisiafa: Sure. That's for these?
    One issue though: can't make it work on Internet Explorer 11 - my company default browser.
    @pedrom34: Yep, that's a known issue, but I'm not sure we'll spend the time trying to fix that. Edge should work fine, for what it's worth.
    wrong citations for the German titles
    @SanDah: That's a tricky one. The difference from Zotero, obviously, is that in Zotero you don't set a citation style in the database itself, so this sort of conversion doesn't make sense. The thinking here is that, when you do choose APA, it's easier to manually correct words that need to be capitalized than to manually lowercase all other words (and also that many users of this tool simply won't be aware of the APA rule, whereas lowercased proper nouns is an obvious error that needs correcting). It's possible that calculus may not be correct for German, and we could conceivably just make it a choice instead of the only option when switching into APA. But it would mean that English titles would often stay as title case.

    The other thing is that I believe ZoteroBib should already be leaving titles alone in APA mode when they come in as mixed case rather than title case, so this often won't be an issue. If you're not seeing that, let us know.
  • Could a language picker be supplied next to each reference so that casing changes can be turned off for non-English titles?
  • @dstillman: You are right, the problem seems to be only with specific titles. I' ll keep my eyes on this and test how often it happens. Thanks for the fast answer.
  • Hey, I noticed that the URL lookup on ZoteroBib will not work with URLs that have authentication paths (i.e. when you are researching from an institution login). I had to use a workaround of opening up the same resource in a new window free from the login for my institution to get a stable URL without the authentication path. This workaround isn't totally intuitive. I would LIKE to recommend this tool to my less diligent students who grumble about installing software, but making it hard to use URLs that are found through our library login defeats the purpose of a quick and easy citation writer tool.
  • @pme5mv: We've just added automatic deproxification of URLs that appear to be proxied. This should help in most cases where 1) a proxied URL follows a standard pattern (e.g., and 2) the site allows ungated access to basic metadata. Obviously if the site doesn't allow access at all without a proxy or uses awful non-permanent URLs (e.g., EBSCO) and the URL doesn't contain a DOI that we can pick up, there's nothing we can do about that, but this will hopefully mostly address the problem. And, of course, if a given URL doesn't work, it's still possible to add items by ISBN or DOI.
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