Zotero: Zotero Account Setup
Creating Your Zotero Account / Zotero Groups
Setting Up your Zotero Account
Use this form to register for a new Zotero account. You need a Zotero account to use the groups features and to enable syncing.
Sync your Zotero Account with your Zotero Installation
Open Zotero, Select the "gear" menu and "Preferences"
Select the "Sync" tab from the Preferences menu and add your account information.
When you sync the first time, you may need to use the sync now button to get the sync started immediately.
Using Zotero Groups
Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects.
Watch this video for a good overview of Zotero Groups
First, log in at Zotero.org. There's a "Log In" link in the top right corner of the page.
Quick tip: Be sure to setup Group settings This is where you name your group, invite group members, and determine access rights for your group members. On the Library Tab for your group, be sure to give your group members rights to add and edit (if that's appropriate).
Setting your Preferences / Citation Format / Associating PDFs
Zotero works with an enormous number of citation formats. You can set your default format from the preference menu:
If you would like any associated PDFs attached to your Zotero citation information, you must select the box "Automatically attach associated PDFs and other files when saving items" from the "gear" menu / preferences / general:
More about Zotero and PDFs: Retrieving PDF Metadata
Find It and Zotero
You've probably seen the Find It button in some article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature.
To set up Zotero to access the articles and books, click the gear button on the Zotero toolbar and choose Preferences. At the bottom of the preferences window, paste this url into the "Resolver" box:
Then click OK. Once you've set this up, you can click the Locate button on any citation you're viewing to search for the item online.
It seems like a great idea to check the box to "enable proxy redirection," but it's really not. Especially if you do research at several universities, this option can cause problems and general proxy confusion. Please keep the box un-checked:
Hands-on activity: go to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete and do a search (sample search: intimate partner violence). Select any single item. Click on book icon in location bar. Open Zotero window, click icon to see reference added to library.
Try adding citations from a publisher web site - Elsevier - Child Abuse & Neglect
Zotero also works with ProQuest databases, such as Dissertations Full Text (sample search: intimate partner violence).
Using Zotero with Voyager (our Library Catalog)
Taking Snapshots of Web Pages
Zotero can't automatically capture citation info from regular web pages, but you can still add them to your Zotero library.
To save a citation to a web page: Open your library by clicking the Zotero button Click the “Create new item” button to save the citation.
Zotero automatically attaches a “snapshot” of the page to the citation.
A snapshot is a copy of the page saved to your computer. It includes the page's text and images, so if the page is removed later,
Using the New York Times search results, choose a blog entry and "Create New Item from Current Page."
Managing References & Folders
Click the folder icon () at the top left of the Zotero window to create a new collection (Zotero calls folders "collections"). To populate the collection/folder, you can:
- Drag items from the center pane into the collection/folder.
- Click on the folder to select it, then add new citations from database searches. These "new" citations are saved in whichever folder is highlighted.
Important Notes About Folders:
- Citations are automatically saved to your "My Library" folder. You can also copy a citation to as many difference folders as you like, but the citation is always part of your over-all "My Library" folder.
- If you delete a citation from your "My Library" folder, the citation is moved to the Trash folder.
- If you delete a citation from another folder, the citation will no longer show up in that folder, but IS still part of your "My Library" folder.
Writing with Zotero
Download the Plug-in for Word or Open Office from http://www.zotero.org/support/word_processor_plugin_installation. From Word, you can now access Zotero from the Add-ins tab.
More about Using Zotero with Microsoft Word
Backup Your Library
After all the care and feeding you will do to grow your Zotero library, is there anything more important than backing up your files? No? I didn't think so. Please backup your data early and often. The details are available at: http://www.zotero.org/support/zotero_data.