Zotero

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General Instructions

  1. Download and install the Zotero software
  2. Download and install connectors for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge
  3. Install the Microsoft Word plugin for Zotero.
    • Do not install the plugin for Google Documents or LibreOffice. None of them are compatible with each other and Microsoft Word is the standard for Word Processing.

How to connect to a shared Zotero library

  1. Open Zotero.
    1. If you did it correctly, it should look like: Zot001.png Click to enlarge
  2. Edit ⇒ Preferences
  3. Select theZot002.pngtab.
    1. If you did it correctly, it should look like:Zot003.pngClick to enlarge
  4. Put in your login and password.
    1. If you did it correctly, it should look like:Zot004.pngClick to enlarge
  5. Click Zot005.png
  6. If you did it correctly, it should look like: Zot006.pngClick to enlarge

Saving Space on your Computer for Zotero

  • For syncing, Zotero downloads the whole library from the internet. This can take up all your computer space. As of 2/4/22, the lab Zotero library takes up 11.5 Gbytes. You can save space by putting it on a cloud service like a Google drive. The advantage is that the Zotero will not take up much space on your computer.
  1. You can put the Zotero database onto your Google drive. For my lab, the location of the Zotero syncing library is in the main directory.
  2. To connect to this library, open Zotero.
    1. If you did it correctly, it should look like: Zot008.pngClick to enlarge
  3. Edit ⇒ Preferences...
  4. Click theZot007.pngtab.
    1. If you did it correctly, it should look like: Zot009.pngClick to enlarge
  5. Click Zot010.png
    1. If you did it correctly, it should look like:
  6. Depending on how your Google drive and Google Desktop is set up, make a directory on your Google drive called Zotero. Mine is G:\My Drive\Zotero.
    • If it is people from my lab, switch from the default to the lab Google drive. For the lab Google drive, the Zotero directory should be in the main directory. The lab Zotero drive will be ready by Saturday 2/5/22.
    • If you did it correctly, it should look something like: Zot011.pngClick to enlarge

Video Tutorials

  1. Installing Zotero.
  2. Organizing and Adding Collection.
  3. Adding Items with a Single Click.
  4. Normally PDFs are automatically added to your Zotero library through a web browser connector. The following video tutorial explains how to add PDFs.
  5. How to Edit Citation information.
  6. How to deal with duplicate items in your Zotero collection
  7. How to use Zotero within
    1. Microsoft Word (PC)
    2. Microsoft Word (Mac)

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