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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)
  • Jessica
  • 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:

    Pick 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)

    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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  • Chanitra
  • 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
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    • 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 Zotero
    • 3. What is Zotero? (quick video) Zotero Zotero is: Source:
    • 4. To Summarize: • 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.
    • 5. Your Zotero Library 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 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
    • 6. 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
    • 7. Organizing Your Zotero Library • Creating Collections • Tags
    • 8. Customizing Zotero Gears icon, select preferences
    • 9. Syncing Automatically sync your data between multiple computers
    • 10. 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
    • 11. Creating a Bibliography (1) Right click an Item & Create Bibliography Zotero
    • 12. Creating a Bibliography (2) Drag and Drop into any text editor: • Email messages • Word documents • Blogs Zotero
    • 13. Creating a Bibliography (3) Microsoft Word Plug-in (Mac) Zotero Microsoft Word Plug-in (PC)
    • 14. Archive & Annotate the Web • Annotate/Snapshots – Add Item From Current Page • Amazon • NY Times • Blogs • Wikipedia
    • 15. 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
    • 16. 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
    • 17. Considerations • Currently only works in Firefox • Update lags (doesn’t always work) • Perpetual Beta Mode • No on-demand help function Zotero
    • 18. For Assistance • Getting Help Guide • Zotero Forums – Determine if a problem is known – Take advantage of an enthusiastic community of users
    • 19. Using Zotero Where You (And Your Library Users) Are
    • 20. Individual Users/Projects Sample projects include: • Amateur genealogists • Home remodel project • Archiving personal receipts
    • 21. 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. • bestsellers • Take snapshots of articles, blog entries, etc. Zotero
    • 22. Groups – Book Club • Book Club • Committee Work
    • 23. Groups – Committee Work • Book Club • Committee Work
    • 24. Zotero in the Classroom
    • 25. 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
    • 26. 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
    • 27. 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
    • 28. 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
    • 29. 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
    • 30. 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:
    • 31. Questions? Presentation content & image credit: