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  1. 1. University Computing Service Zotero: a free, open-source reference management program Wednesday 13th October Rosemary Rodd HELP-DESK@UCS.CAM.AC.UK Welcome University Computing Service
  2. 2. University Computing Service Health and Safety
  3. 3. University Computing Service General Information  Objectives: learn to use the software to capture and format references  Pre-requisites: use of a web browser  Duration & Break: 2 hours - feel free to go out when you need to, but no food/drink in the teaching room, please.  Course Material: workbook  Delivery Style: self-paced  Follow-on courses: Word 2007: Mastering Dissertations and Theses (Level 3) Web Skills for Researchers: Web of Knowledge Web Skills for Researchers: Why Not to Google
  4. 4. University Computing Service  Sign in: Pink Attendance Sheet  Please fill in Green Review Form at the end of the course  Let us know if you need assistance: Please ask questions General Information
  5. 5. University Computing Service What is Zotero? A database program specifically designed to store and manipulate references. Unlike many similar programs, it is an add-on for a web-browser, rather than a stand-alone package. References may be used to document any kind of information source. For example: Print material: books, journal articles... Audiovisual: TV, radio, film, podcast... Music: CD, MPG... Images: paintings, drawings, photos... Web pages
  6. 6. University Computing Service Why is it important to document your sources?  Avoid the appearance of plagiarism.  Enable other people to refer back to them if they want to check your conclusions.  For your own benefit, so you can go back and re-read or check them, and so that you can keep track of where your ideas came from.  But not intended as a straitjacket: there might be good reasons (for example) why you might need to anonymise informants who could be put at risk by having their details published in references to personal communications.
  7. 7. University Computing Service Why use software to do this?  Human beings are good at overall analysis and getting "the big picture"  Human beings are very bad at applying fiddly layout and punctuation rules consistently.  Computers are mindless, but they will be absolutely consistent if you set them up with suitable rules.  By using a bibliography management program you can produce neat, consistent references without lots of correcting and retyping.
  8. 8. University Computing Service Other benefits  Zotero can help you to search for references online.  Store references with your own notes, downloaded PDFs, images etc.  References are searchable, and you can add your own keywords.
  9. 9. University Computing Service Check with your supervisor! If your discipline requires very complicated rules for reference layout it may be tricky (occasionally impossible) to find a style in Zotero which will satisfy the requirements. ALWAYS produce a small sample and show it to your supervisor, publisher etc. for approval before doing a large amount of work. Your supervisor is also the right person to ask for advice about discipline-related protocols such as anonymisation of any personal data you have collected. Don't leave all this until the week before you are due to submit your work!
  10. 10. University Computing Service This course covers  Getting references into Zotero.  Adding extra content to your database (e.g. full text PDFs).  Using Zotero to insert formatted references into documents. It doesn’t discuss selecting suitable online databases of references in any depth. If you are doubtful about where to start I would strongly recommend attending the two Webskills for Researchers courses and also visiting the University Library’s eresources page