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  • Jessica – Intro; Name, Title, Have been using Zotero for a few years and have taught several workshops on Zotero
  • Jessica; Will only cover Zotero, won’t talk about in it relation to other citation management tools. We aren’t going to cover all the features, just ones to get you started. You should explore more on your own!
  • Show Zotero Video (Jessica)
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  • Chanitra, explain the Zotero interface – columns & icons
  • Demonstrate:Examples of “recognized”: Academic Search Premier, (list and item level), Google Books, UL flickr feed, YouTube (Jessica)Example of unrecognized: libraryjournal.comPick a couple of items and add tags , Point out auto tagging w/Academic Search
  • Demonstrate:Creating 2 collections (Jessica), Using tags to organize your library (Chanitra)Demonstrate: Add tags
  • Describe options under the “General” and the “Styles” tab. (Chanitra)
  • Click the green arrow to sync your library with the Zotero server. Syncing allows you to access your library on multiple computers. Explain sync options in Zotero. (Chanitra)
  • Syncing your library with the Zotero server allows you to view your library anywhere there is an Internet connection. You can even view it with a smartphone! Zotero File Storage is a cloud-based storage solution for PDFs, images, web snapshots, and any other files attached to your Zotero personal and group libraries. Zotero File Storage allows you to access your Zotero-attached files from any computer with a web browser, and you can synchronize these files to any computer with Zotero installed. (Chanitra)
  • “There are a few ways to generate bibliographies with Zotero … “ (Jessica)
  • Demonstrate Word Plugin (Jessica)Add pictures (JT)
  • Demonstrate Word Plugin (Jessica)Add pictures (JT)
  • Demonstrate highlighting and post-it note feature (Chanitra)
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  • EBSCOhost databases usually work well with Zotero but sometimes you will encounter problems; Amazon doesn’t fully work with Zotero (Jessica)
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  • Organizing & Understanding Information (Chanitra)
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  • Refer to Zotero Handout (Jessica) Now that you have seen a few examples of how you can use Zotero in your library, you can use these links to get started with Zotero


  • 1. Zotero:
    An Information Playlist for Libraries & Librarians
    Chanitra Bishop, Indiana University
    Jessica Trinoskey, IUPUI
    ILF 2010 Annual Conference
    November 17, 2010
  • 2. Program Outline
    1. Overview of Zotero
    2. Demonstrate Zotero Features
    3. Zotero in Your Library
  • 3. What is Zotero?(quick video)
    Zotero is:
    Source: www.zotero.org/about/
  • 4. To Summarize:
    • Zotero is a free bibliographic management tool.
    • 5. Zotero exists within Firefox.
    • 6. With Zotero, you can:
    • 7. Collect, store, and organize web resources in your Zotero library.
    • 8. Export citations and create bibliographies.
    • 9. Share citations and notes.
  • Your Zotero Library
    • The left column allow you to organize your library. You can create collections within your library, manage your tags and import/export citations
    • 10. The middle column displays the references in your library & allows you to manually add citations, take a snapshot of a web page, etc.
    • 11. 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
  • 12. 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:
  • 13. Organizing Your Zotero Library
    Creating Collections
  • 14. Customizing Zotero
    Gears icon, select preferences
  • 15. Syncing
    Automatically sync your data between multiple computers
  • 16. 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
  • 17. Creating a Bibliography (1)
    Right click an Item & Create Bibliography
  • 18. Creating a Bibliography (2)
    Drag and Drop into any text editor:
  • 21. Creating a Bibliography (3)
    Microsoft Word Plug-in (Mac)
    Microsoft Word Plug-in (PC)
  • 22. Archive & Annotate the Web
    Add Item From Current Page
    NY Times
  • 23. 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
  • 24. 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
  • 25. Considerations
    Currently only works in Firefox
    Update lags (doesn’t always work)
    Perpetual Beta Mode
    No on-demand help function
  • 26. For Assistance
    Getting Help Guide
    • Zotero Forums
    Determine if a problem is known
    Take advantage of an enthusiastic community of users
  • 27. Using Zotero Where You (And Your Library Users) Are
  • 28. Individual Users/Projects
    Sample projects include:
    • Amateur genealogists
    Home remodel project
    Archiving personal receipts
  • 29. 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.
    • Amazon.com bestsellers
    • 30. Take snapshots of articles, blog entries, etc.
  • 31. Groups – Book Club
    Book Club
    Committee Work
  • 32. Groups – Committee Work
    Book Club
    Committee Work
  • 33. Zotero in the Classroom
  • 34. 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
  • 35. 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?
    • 36. Is it a primary/secondary sources?
    Annotated Bibliography
    Use “Notes” to indicate why a particular source was chosen & create “report”
  • 37. 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:
  • 38. 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
  • 39. 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
  • 40. Links to Get You Started(also on the handout)
    Quick Links/Getting Started Guide:
    “How do I back up my Zotero Library?” (including troubleshooting)
    Zotero Groups home:
    Word Processor Integration
    Screencast Tutorials:
  • 41. Questions?Presentation content & image credit: www.zotero.org