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Education (MEd SCI)

As a free, open source citation manager, you'll use Zotero to store and organize information you've found while searching databases, Novanet, the web, and more. Use it to create your bibliographies as well!

Two separate parts are installed:

  1. The Zotero application itself
  2. A connector allowing your browser to save citations to your Zotero library (Zotero should automatically detect the browser you're using)

NOTE:  If new to Zotero, you may want to view the 30-minute video located on the "Learn to use...." tab.

Links to other browser connectors and information about plugins are located on the Install Zotero page.

Zotero Sync

If you're using more than one computer, Zotero's sync feature will keep your library up-to-date on all devices. All devices must be running the same version of Zotero (your computer will automatically check for version updates).

Set up your free account: user account.  Then:

  • Go to Edit : Preferences and select the Sync tab.
  • Enter your Zotero user name and password.
  • Check the "Sync automatically" and “Sync full-text content boxes.
  • Check both boxes under File Syncing and choose Zotero storage for My Library.
  • Click the green circular arrow button at the top right corner of the Zotero Window.
  • Zotero will upload your library to the server.

Repeat on each of your computers. For more details and troubleshooting sync problems, check the Zotero site.

This comprehensive, 30-minute tutorial will take you through all the major features of Zotero from installation, gathering research, creating bibliographies, and more.

There are many YouTube videos available to help you install and use Zotero.  I find this one particularly helpful.... well worth 30 minutes of your time!

Video Credit:  Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology