Download and install Zotero. The Zotero application stores and organizes your personal database of references.
♦ Zotero has a great, quick reference guide on their website.
♦ Install the Zotero Connectors, which allow your web browsers to easily save citations to your Zotero library. The Zotero Connectors will automatically detect what browser you're using and add a link in your browser toolbar. Each browser has its own version of the Zotero connector, so if you use Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, you'll need to install the connector on all three.
♦ Installing the application will also install the citation toolbar into Word, Google Docs, and/or LibreOffice. This allows you to easily insert citations in your document as well as create a bibliography. For more information, see the Zotero website.
♦ You can access and edit your Zotero library on your tablet or mobile phone. While there are no official Zotero apps for mobile devices, there are several third party solutions.
Organize your Library
♦ In the Zotero library on your lap/desktop, you will see three columns.
♦ Zotero will also add citation information when you enter an ISBN number, Digital Object Identifier (DOI), or a PubMed ID. Select the Add Item by Identifier button in the Zotero toolbar, type in the ID number and select OK.
♦ You may also add items manually by selecting the New Item button in the Zotero toolbar, and selecting the appropriate item type. Citation information can then be added by hand in the right column.
Collect Citations While Searching
♦ Open Zotero on your device.
Zotero will save your imported citations to the folder in your library that is currently open, so select the appropriate folder for your current research.
All corrections should be done in the Zotero Library, not in the document you are creating. If you correct in your document, your changes will be undone when you refresh.
♦ As you search databases or the web, Zotero will search a page and then try to collect citation information you may want. Select the Zotero icon present to import the citation into your library. The Zotero icons will change as you browse. They will also look slightly different in each browser.
If these options don't work for you:
Look for the Export Citations option that most databases offer.
For example, when importing a citation from Redeemer library's catalogue, select the available Cite feature.
Select the citation style required for your research, then select Export to RIS, and import into Zotero. (RIS = esearch nformation ystems, and is a standardized format that enables citation management programs to exchange documents).
Here is an example from our library catalogue:
For instructions on importing citations into Zotero from various databases, please go to the Import from Databases tab in this guide.
To add a reference manually, choose the plus sign from the top bar in your Zotero library.
♦ You can sync all the data you collect for your research, and then access your account on multiple devices.
♦ Zotero stores a copy of your library on the zotero.org server, and will check for updates whenever you open your library on a different computer. (All your devices must be running on the same version of Zotero).
♦ Be sure to set up this syncing option by entering your user name and password in Zotero under the Edit tab, the Preferences tab and finally the Sync tab.
♦ Repeat this configuration on each of your computers. Any updates you make on one of your computers will be reflected on the others.
Create a Bibliography from your Zotero library.
Install Zotero's plugin for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.
♦ The plugin adds a Zotero toolbar to your word processor, allowing you to add citations to your document while you write.
♦ To add a citation, select the Add/Edit Citation button on the toolbar. Search for the reference you want to cite and press Enter. Zotero will add the citation at your cursor.
Information on Zotero and Google Docs
To join an existing Zotero library, search for it at zotero.org/groups or be invited by the group’s owner.
You can create your groups in two ways:
1. Select New Library > New Group icon in the top left corner of your Zotero library screen.
2. Login into your online Zotero account and select Groups from your Zotero toolbar
Interact With Groups Through Your Zotero Client
If you have enabled data syncing, and are a member of a group with an enabled library, the group library will appear in Zotero's left column. Items can be dragged into it from My Library and viewed or edited by other group members, if their permissions allow it.
For more details and help troubleshooting sync problems, go to the Zotero Website
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