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Zotero 101: Organize Your Research   Tags: citations, citing, reference manager, zotero  

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It works with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
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Workshops at RBD Library

Click here to register online for a Zotero workshop:

60 minute hands-on training sessions are held every semester in the RBD Library's 2nd Floor Lobby Computer Lab across from Caribou Coffee.

**FALL 2015 Workshops**

Wednesday August 26, 2015     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM      
Tuesday September 8, 2015     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM         
Wednesday September 23, 2015     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM     
Tuesday October 6, 2015     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM         
Wednesday October 21, 2015     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM        
Tuesday November 3, 2015     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM        
Wednesday November 18, 2015     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday December 15, 2015     12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

**If you would like to schedule a Zotero session at another time, please email Kasia Leousis, ksl0008[at]auburn[dot]edu**


Welcome to Zotero 101


What can I do with Zotero?

1. Create and manage citations of books, articles, videos, etc.

2. Import citations from databases and AU Catalog.

3. Attach searchable files (e.g. PDFs), notes, link, images and tags to citations

4. Quickly create a bibliography in multiple formats (MLA, Chicago, APA...)

5. Automatically manage in-text citations in Microsoft Word or Open Office

6. Annotate and organize research results into Collections

7. Share collections through Group Libraries



Attached below is the handout distributed during the workshop.


Installing and Accessing Zotero

Zotero runs in your Firefox web browser, which must be open in order for you to access your research collection. Only features such as notes, search, and organization will work offline.

To install the Zotero Firefox extension, visit with Firefox and click the red download button.

o   Click the “Allow” button if a yellow band appears at the top of the web page with “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer.”

o   Then click the “Install Now” button in the Software Installation pop up window (the button may be greyed out for a few seconds while Firefox downloads Zotero), and restart Firefox after the installation has completed. You should now see the Zotero logo  in the status bar in the right bottom corner of your Firefox browser window.

o   Sign up for an account and validate your email address


Can I use Zotero without Firefox?

Zotero 3.0 which was released in beta version in August 2011 allows you to download and install a version of Zotero that runs fully independently of the Firefox browser.


Register and Sync Your Account

Registering a user account allows you to sync your library, participate in groups, or post to the support forums.

In the upper right hand corner, click: Fill in Register Form Fields and open up the email that Zotero sent to confirm your Zotero account.

After your e-mail has been validated, open Zotero: Click the actions icon  and select “Preferences…” option and then the Sync Icon: 

Enter your Zotero account username and password and check the following Sync Preferences.

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