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What is Zotero?
Zotero is a free, easy-to-learn reference manager and citation generator. It works by having desktop software that you download, plus a “connector” that communicates with it. The steps below will ease you into using Zotero.
and install Zotero: Download www.zotero.com
The computer will ask you: Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? Answer NO (it will install anyway).
Also download and install the Zotero connector for Chrome
Create an account (at zotero.com > login > register) if you wish to sync or share files
Zotero should launch automatically when you install it. If it doesn’t, open it from the desktop.
Tip: Go under Edit > Preferences and uncheck “Automatically tag items with keywords”
Zotero works with databases of all sorts.
Go to PubMed ( pubmed.gov) in Chrome
Sample search: stroke dysphagia and electrical stimulation
Click on the Zotero icon to add the page to your resources
Note the differences in folders vs. individual items (Zotero icon changes)
Go to Google ( google.com) in Chrome
Sample search: stroke dysphagia
Note the differences between articles vs. webpages vs. videos (icon changes)
Add information to your references within Zotero
When you go into Zotero and click on a citation, you get the full info to the right
Click the drop-down arrow to see if full text is available
Add a reference manually
Dysphagia following stroke, by Stephanie K. Daniels (San Diego: Plural, 2014)
Wand icon + DOI or ISBN adds it manually: Try 9781597565448
You can also attach a file to a reference (note: the free version has a size limit)
Create folders (collections) to organize information
My Library is the master list.
Create a folder, then select and move references over from My Library.
Cite your sources automatically in Word
Look for the Zotero tab in Microsoft Word
When you need to insert a citation, click that tab!
Click Add/Edit Citation > Classic View … and select the citation to insert
This works in Google Docs too!
Generate a bibliography
In Microsoft Word, select the Zotero tab and click Add/Edit Bibliography
In Zotero, select references, right click, and select Create Bibliography from Items
Collaborate and sync files
To create a group or sync files, you need to create a Zotero account and log in
Zotero, sync collections using the green arrow in the top right corner
The first time you do this, you’ll be asked to open sync preferences and sign in.
Zotero.org, create a group if you wish:
Groups > [Name it] > Create Group
To invite members, look under “Member Settings”