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MB 385: Emerging Infectious Diseases and Epidemics

This is a course page designed to help OSU students in the MB 385 Emerging & Infectious Diseases class.

Two Ways to Create a Bibliography

There are several ways to create a bibliography in Zotero. The next box will describe an easy copy and paste method. The following box will describe a more sophisticated method based on creating in-text citations (like in an article) and then generating a bibliography based on those in-text citations.

For the BI/MB 385 assignment, you only need to use the first option - create a Standalone Bibliography.

Create a Standalone Bibliography

  1. You do not need to create a bibliography based on in-text citations.  Instead you can create a bibliography based on a particular collection or just a few references.  First, select the resources you want to include in your bibliography.  This is easiest if you create a collection and add everything you want to include to that collection.  If you want to include everything that is in your My Library, that will work as well.

Highlight the list (click on an item to highlight it, shift-click to highlight the whole list).

Screenshot of the zotero window with a list of resources highlighted

2. Right click on your selections (command-click on a mac) and you will get a list of options.  Choose Create Bibliography from Selected Items.

Screenshot of the zotero window with a list of selections highlighted and the right-click menu displayed

3. Choose the citation style you want and choose "copy to clipboard." For BI/MB 385, choose Emerging Infectious Diseases. If you haven't already loaded this style into Zotero, learn how to do that using the Zotero Style Repository.

Screenshot of the zotero bibliography options menu with MLA style selected.

4. Paste your bibliography into a document (Microsoft Word or similar). Note - the Emerging Infectous Diseases is a little weird. Instead of doing a control-V or basic paste, instead right-click to get the Paste menu, then choose Text-Only Paste. This will tell Word to format the numbers correctly.

A red arrow points to a small clipboard with a capital letter A, representing the Text-Only Paste option.

A sample bibliography.