Zotero: An Information Playlist for Libraries & Librarians Chanitra Bishop, Indiana University Jessica Trinoskey, IUPUI ILF 2010 Annual Conference November 17, 2010
Program Outline 1. Overview of Zotero 2. Demonstrate Zotero Features 3. Zotero in Your Library Zotero
What is Zotero?(quick video) Zotero is: Source: www.zotero.org/about/ Zotero
Zotero is a free bibliographic management tool.
Zotero exists within Firefox.
With Zotero, you can:
Collect, store, and organize web resources in your Zotero library.
Export citations and create bibliographies.
Share citations and notes.
Your Zotero Library Columns
The left column allow you to organize your library. You can create collections within your library, manage your tags and import/export citations
The middle column displays the references in your library & allows you to manually add citations, take a snapshot of a web page, etc.
The right column displays bibliographic information for each citation. It contains 4 tabs that allows you to add or edit information for each citation
Right Column Tabs Info: Displays bibliographic information such as author, title, pages; also allow you to find the item online using the “View” or “Locate” buttons Notes: Use this area to write down ideas/comments related to the article Tags: Add subject headings or keywords to your citations; automatically added by some databases Related: This tab allows you to connect related citations in your library Zotero
Importing citations into Zotero When Zotero “recognizes” a website/catalog/database, import citations with a click of an icon in the location bar: When Zotero doesn’t automatically recognize a resource, import citations manually with a click of an icon in your Zotero library: … or just take a quick snapshot of the current page: Zotero
Organizing Your Zotero Library Creating Collections Tags
Customizing Zotero Gears icon, select preferences
Syncing Automatically sync your data between multiple computers
Zotero Online With your Zotero account: View your Zotero library anywhere there is an Internet connection using any web browser Store & access PDFs, images, & other files in your Zotero library 100 MB Free 1 GB $20 per yr 5 GB $60 per yr 10 GB $100 per yr 25 GB $240 per yr
Creating a Bibliography (1) Right click an Item & Create Bibliography Zotero
Creating a Bibliography (2) Drag and Drop into any text editor:
Creating a Bibliography (3) Microsoft Word Plug-in (Mac) Microsoft Word Plug-in (PC) Zotero
Archive & Annotate the Web Annotate/Snapshots Add Item From Current Page Amazon NY Times Blogs Wikipedia
Groups Easy to set up Can be public or private Access is controlled by group administrator Allow others to view citations and notes Group Discussions
Zotero Everywhere! Currently under development (no timeline) Standalone desktop version of Zotero for Macs, Windows & Linux Web & mobile version with read/write access to Zotero libraries Available in Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer
Considerations Currently only works in Firefox Update lags (doesn’t always work) Perpetual Beta Mode No on-demand help function Zotero
For Assistance Getting Help Guide
Determine if a problem is known Take advantage of an enthusiastic community of users
Using Zotero Where You (And Your Library Users) Are
Collection Development with Zotero Use Zotero to store records of items, then go back and take a closer look when you have time dedicated to collection development.
Take snapshots of articles, blog entries, etc.
Groups – Book Club Book Club Committee Work
Groups – Committee Work Book Club Committee Work
Zotero in the Classroom
Zotero& Information Literacy Encourage good research habits Help students organize their research & keep track of citations Easy to cite sources Easily locate the source again using the “Locate” button in Zotero Encourage students to add call number of books Zotero
Zotero& Information Literacy Track and understand type of sources used Web site, book chapter, book, journal article, newspaper art, Keep track of information found
Has enough background information been found?
Is it a primary/secondary sources?
Annotated Bibliography Use “Notes” to indicate why a particular source was chosen & create “report” Zotero
Evaluating Information Help students choose articles, websites, etc. appropriate for research Select web site(s) & analyze in small groups or as a class Use annotate features to highlight words/phrases that indicate: Bias Creditability purpose
Evaluating Websites Require students to create new Zotero items from web pages and manually enter citation information for each web site. encourages students to think more critically about the web sites they choose Who actually created this site (organization or individual)? When was the web site created/when was the last time it was updated Use notes feature to discuss accuracy & purpose Zotero
Evaluating Websites helps students to better understand the authorship and organization of web sites Is this web site a part of a larger site? Does the site have multiple authors? Is this the main site or a blog? Web sites are dynamic and may change Zotero
Links to Get You Started(also on the handout) Quick Links/Getting Started Guide: www.zotero.org/support “How do I back up my Zotero Library?” (including troubleshooting) www.zotero.org/support/zotero_data
Zotero Groups home: www.zotero.org/groups
Word Processor Integration www.zotero.org/support/word_processor_integration Screencast Tutorials: www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials