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Introduction to Zotero

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Lisa Abbott 

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Course Description

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It integrates with your web browser, where you do most of your research. It senses and extracts bibliographic and other information allowing you to add it to your personal library. This session is open to students, faculty and staff.

About the Course

Learning Community: Belk Library and Information Commons
Workshop Type: Face to face

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Set-up and manage preferences for basic functionality
  • Collect and store bibliographic citations and accompanying data, including PDFs
  • Cite as you write and create a bibliography
  • Utilize Zotero documentation resources


  • BRING your laptop. Before the session, download and install the following - there is not time during the session to do this:
  • UPDATE your Firefox browser so you are using the most recent version.
  • INSTALL Zotero for Firefox - https://www.zotero.org/download/ - (Zotero for Firefox works seamlessly and is the version taught. You may choose to use a different browser later – the concepts learned will be the same.)
  • REGISTER for a Free Account - https://www.zotero.org/user/login/
  • INSTALL a word processor plug in - (Word, LibreOffice) - https://www.zotero.org/support/word_processor_plugin_installation

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