Zotero is a powerful knowledge management tool that allows you to collect, annotate, organize, cite, and share your research material.
NOTE: Use EndNote format to download from the I-Share book catalog.
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.
Video: use the Zotero button to quickly download book catalog results.
Video: use the pin process first - and then the Zotero button to download fulltext journal articles from the Central Index.
If you are not on your own workstation, where you have downloaded the Zotero button...
Downloading or emailing book metadata/records and dropping them into Zotero can also be accomplished using the Pin function in our book catalog. While this Pin approach is adequate for capturing book information, it will not automatically capture full text journal materials, so you would be better off grabbing journal metadadata and full text journal articles simultaneously using the Zotero connector button (see above).
Video showing how to use the Primo VE pin process to export and download bib records from our new book catalog.
Using Zotero on other workstations (without your client software):
Below are two Zotero 4.0 screen shots: