Zotero: Sharing the basics


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For the past three weeks I have been taking a course on the citation manager Zotero.  Though I can’t cover all of its features in a single blog post–or even a series of posts, I can at least highlight the basics.

Zotero is a Firefox add-on: in other words it only works with the Firefox browser.  That said the download is relatively straightforward.

Once you download Zotero, you can develop a library of books, articles, websites, and more.  You can organize these items into collections geared toward your project(s).  Then you can create bibliographies in a variety of formats.

Eventually I would like to offer a series of Zotero workshops.  In the meantime please feel free to ask me (Maureen Perry) about the basics.  I also recommend Zotero’s own tutorials.

Of course Zotero is simply a tool.  Try it, though, and you may find it a useful tool for your scholarship.