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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a powerful knowledge management tool that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research material.

  • A personal research assistant.
    • Zotero automatically senses content, allowing you to add multiple records to your personal library with a single click. You can capture preprints from arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, a web page from anywhere on the WWW, or citations to a book from our university library. 
  • Store and Organize anything.
    • Zotero collects all your research material in a searchable database. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, web-page snapshots, and many other items. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to search for items in your database. You can create folders, subfolders, keyword tags and Relate items.
  • Cite perfectly.
    • Zotero will allow you to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies from your materials. Create citations in Word and OpenOffice without ever leaving your word processor. Add references to an email, a Google Doc, or some other editor simply by dragging one or more references out of Zotero. For additional information about citation practices see our Citation-Style Guides page.

 

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. 

 

TUTORIALS:

  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. 

How to create an account and download the add-on software

The Process:

  1. Create an account using the web/cloud tool,
  2. Load the Bookmarklet for quick saving of URLs,
  3. Download the Standalone tool and the browser connector software.

 

CREATE A CLOUD ACCOUNT

  • Create an account (Register) for using the online cloud service at http://www.zotero.org/. (Save the login information if you plan to sync your cloud account with your workstation client tool.)
  • Add the Bookmarklet to capture new materials. (This is good for working from public workstations, but you will not have all the features available in the standalone version.)

DOWNLOAD THE ZOTERO STANDALONE SOFTWARE AND THE WEB BROWSER CONNECTOR

  • Download the Zotero software and the web browser connector for more powerful options ... such as integration with your word processor ... from http://www.zotero.org
  • the linker to work with Word (to merge information into references and bibliographies) is now embedded.
  • Configure the client:  (see a brief video about how to configure the client ... passwords, indexing, default citation style)
    • Start the standalone version, select Edit/Preferences, then Sync ... add the account information (using your password from above).
    • then in Preferences, under Search, install the checker ... to automatically index the full text materials you download.
    • in Preferences, under Cite and Export, you can set your default citation style.
    • in Preferences, under Advanced, you can set the resolver URL for off-campus access; the URL is http://sxu.account.worldcat.org/profile/route/openurl?

   Using Zotero on other public workstations (without your client software):

  • NOTE: If you do not, or cannot, load the software on your workstation, you can use the Bookmarklet to add materials to a default file, but you must first log into the cloud version. (This is good for working from non-SXU public locations.)

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).

View a brief tutorial on capturing material using Zotero. Capturing web page text and special pages.

Below are two Zotero 4.0 screen shots:

  1. the Zotero add-in (bottom pane) ... capturing multiple citations and fulltext documents from the top pane.
  2. the Zotero add-in (bottom pane) and viewing a previously downloaded fulltext document in the top pane.

 

Zotero screenshot -- saving multiple articles at one time

Zotero example with full text article

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