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Brief Overview of Zotero Research Tool

  1. 1. 1

  2. 2. Zotero
is
a
smart
li-le
cookie.
First
and
foremost
it
allows
you
to
store
references
for
 the
informa9on
you
find
online,
in
books,
videos
etc.
It
also
allows
you
to
organise
 and
relate
these
references.
Zotero
then
makes
it
easy
to
choose
an
appropriate
 referencing
style
from
a
wide
variety
and
provides
a
few
methods
for
puAng
them
 into
your
document.
 2

  3. 3. Zotero
simplifies
the
process
of
storing
reference
informa9on.
This
extension
to
 Firefox
sits
quietly
in
the
corner
of
your
browser
but
provides
a
li-le
reference
icon
to
 the
right
of
the
source's
web
address.
This
icon
varies
depending
on
the
type
of
 source.
 Clicking
on
a
reference
icon
'clips'
the
essen9al
reference
informa9on
from
the
 source.
The
Zotero
interface
pops
up
and
displays
the
informa9on
collected
from
the
 resource.
This
informa9on
can
be
changed
and
added
to
as
required.
 The
web
is
considered
a
'vola9le'
source
of
informa9on
as
it
frequently
changes.
 Informa9on
is
usually
moved
or
deleted
as
9me
marches
on.
Zotero
helps
to
short
 circuit
this
problem
by
taking
'snapshots'
of
web
pages
that
you
collect
informa9on
 from.
That
way,
the
informa9on
is
in
tact
when
the
9me
comes
to
reference
it.
 As
well
as
the
ability
to
grab
informa9on
from
pages,
Zotero
also
offers
a
number
of
 op9ons
for
manually
adding
informa9on
sources
and
references
and
these
are
 accessible
from
the
main
Zotero
interface.
 3

  4. 4. Zotero
provides
a
number
of
methods
for
organising
your
references.
At
the
top
of
 this
organisa9on
system
sits
Zoteros
'collec9ons'.
Consider
these
organisers
as
folders
 which
you
can
drop
your
references
into.
You
could
logically
then
have
a
collec9on
for
 each
piece
of
research
you
were
doing.
A
notes
facility
is
available
to
help
in
 iden9fying
a
par9cular
part
of
the
reference
source
or
provide
a
helpful
reminder
as
 to
what
was
relevant
about
it.
In
addi9on
Zotero
operates
a
tagging
system
much
like
 delicious
whereby
you
can
look
at
reference
sources
based
on
the
tags
that
you
 assigned
them.
It
is
also
possible
to
relate
reference
sources
to
one
another
via
the
 ‘related’
op9on
for
each
reference
source.
 It
is
possible
to
add
share
collec9ons
with
other
users
and
this
involves
crea9ng
a
 group.
In
order
to
do
this
you
will
need
to
create
your
own
Zotero
account
aNer
 which
you
can
set
up
groups
and
invite
other
users
to
join
your
group.


 4

  5. 5. We
touched
on
the
notes
feature
when
discussing
how
Zotero
enables
the
 organisa9on
of
reference
sources
that
you
collect.
Zotero
also
provides
the
facility
to
 highlight
and
annotate
web
pages
that
it
has
taken
a
‘snapshot’
of.
These
features
are
 very
powerful
as
they
allow
you
to
mark
up
and
annotate
the
relevant
parts
of
the
 reference
source
so
that
when
the
9me
comes
to
use
it,
you
don’t
have
to
mess
 around
trying
to
remember
which
bits
were
important
and
which
bits
you
wanted
to
 cite.
 5

  6. 6. Zotero’s
group
based
sharing
can
be
a
li-le
bit
of
a
hassle.
Zotero’s
mechanism
for
 adding
references
into
documents
on
the
other
hand
is
incredibly
easy
as
it
boils
 down
to
‘drag
and
drop’
meaning
that
when
I
want
to
share
a
reference
it
is
far
easier
 for
me
to
fire
up
my
email
and
drop
the
references
into
a
message.
 6

  7. 7. Even
though
Zotero
provides
drag
and
drop
simplicity
and
easy
export
of
references
 they’ve
also
gone
to
the
trouble
of
developing
an
add‐in
tool
for
MicrosoN
Word
and
 Open
Office.
This
is
integrated
with
the
Zotero
extension
for
Firefox
meaning
that
 whatever
you
collected
via
the
extension
will
be
available
via
the
add‐in.
Be
sure
to
 set
up
the
appropriate
reference
format
in
the
Zotero
extension
as
the
Word
 Processor
add‐in
will
use
whichever
formaAng
style
was
set
in
the
extension.


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