Introduction to Zotero

About this tutorial

In this tutorial you will learn the basics about this free web-based citation management tool, which can be used for any discipline (sciences, social sciences, humanities) to save citations and pdfs, as well as incorporate citations into a Word document. We will cover how to set up a Zotero library, how to put citations into your library, how to use Word to cite as you go, and how to back up your data.  This tutorial will use screenshots and screencasts produced at OSU and at other universities, to cover these basic topics.  Feel free to go straight through the whole tutorial in one sitting or to jump around using the tabs as your schedule allows.

What to expect

  1. Getting Started with Zotero

    In this section you will learn:

    • What Zotero can do
    • About Zotero vs. EndNote
    • How to download Zotero
    • Two ways to download citations

    It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this section.

  2. Managing Your Zotero Library

    In this section you will learn:

    • Where your Zotero data is stored
    • What the panes in Zotero are for
    • How to manage your collections or folders
    • How to use tags
    • How to sort your collections to find items
    • How to search within your Zotero library

    It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this section.

  3. Writing with Zotero

    In this section you will learn how to use Zotero and Microsoft Word to:

    • Insert citations
    • Create bibliographies
    • Edit citations
    • Change citation styles
    • Create a bibliography straight from a Zotero collection

    It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this section.

  4. Get Help

    In this section you will learn how to:

    • Access more Zotero assistance through Zotero
    • Access more Zotero assistance at OSU Libraries

    It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete this section.


    Creative Commons LicenseThis guide is created by Hannah Gascho Rempel and licensed by Oregon State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.  You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included. I encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.

Last Update: August 29, 2011 14:08

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