Zotero is a powerful knowledge management tool that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research material.
A few testimonials from SXU students:
"My thoughts were a jumbled mess at first, but that jumbled mess became very organized with tags, relations, and folders. This site will be used my entire time at Saint Xavier University. This site should be taught to everyone because it can help everyone manage projects and outline papers."
"As a freshman, this program is a very useful tool, and for future projects as an undergrad, graduate student, or even in the work place, Zotero can make researching information much less time consuming. This is a great tool that should be introduced to college students sooner than later."
"I definitely plan on using Zotero in the future and I know that it will help me organize my thoughts and materials."
One example student scenario:
The student started by wanting to document examples of "real" exorcisms. We discussed creating a Zotero folder for exorcisms with the following Tags (subject headings): geography, religion, spoken languages, inexplicable by other means or fraudulent. During the course of the exploration and annotation it became obvious that exorcisms were not just Christian experiences, that languages were spoken from far away locations, and that there were both supporting and damaging reports on these events. A more balanced and complete understanding of the nuances in the topic was experienced through the use of this tool, and the resulting paper was considered an excellent analysis of the broader question.
NOTE: Zotero 5.0 requires a separate software download, so while the functionality remains the same, there is a slightly different look to the process. We are revising our tutorials.
Using Zotero on other public workstations (without your client software):
Zotero 4.0 documentation:
Watch a video of the creation and download process: video of creating an account and downloading the client Add-On to Firefox
View a short tutorial on the basic Zotero 4.0 options (downloading multiple records, searching within saved records).
Below are two Zotero 4.0 screen shots: