If you would like to schedule a Zotero class for a specialized group (i.e. grad students in a specific department), please contact me directly. Note the info on EndNote classes in the box below this one.
All Zotero workshops listed here are drop-in (no registration required, although many classes are cross-listed with WSU HRS); all are welcome! Note: I schedule classes usually well in advance, and sometimes I have to cancel them. I'll always try to note it here, and have a sign up on the classroom door the day of the canceled class. Classes start at the time listed; if no one attends, I leave after 10 minutes.
Upcoming Zotero Workshops
Intro to Zotero (hands-on)
Zotero Refresher (please bring your laptop with Zotero already installed)
5/2/2013 - lost your Zotero icon in Firefox? Look here
11/20/2013 - What does this "Full-text Content Syncing" mean? You may have seen this on a pop-up when you opened Zotero. Its a good thing - here's more info.
2/24/2014: I started a YouTube Playlist for screencasts I create about using Zotero. Don't expect polish...
Zotero is a free/mium, open source alternative to reference manager systems such as EndNote and RefWorks. Zotero allows you to easily save webpages and articles found in library subscription databases such as Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, JSTOR, and PubMed, as well as bibliographic details, PDFs or other files, comments/notes, and indexing terms. Most saved PDFs are searchable. When you are ready to write, you can use Zotero to integrate your references into your work in many citation styles using MS Word or LibreOffice. References can be backed up and shared between computers and even with other people over the Web. Zotero works with the Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers (the last two via a standalone program); if you are using another browser (i.e. IE, your iPad, or an Android tablet browser) items can be added to your online library via a bookmarklet. Third-party apps are available to use Zotero on tablets and smartphones.
Update 11/28/2012 - Sometime in the future Zotero users will be able to edit citation styles themselves (this will make fixing citations and working with variant styles much easier). The process is being developed by Columbia University and Zotero frenemy Mendelay - find out more here and here, or test the beta version here (note: installing it will be different...)
(If you want to make your own [WSU] WorldCat searchbox or widget to place on a webpage, Facebook profile, etc., look here. This one shows items from a WSU WorldCat keyword search I created (you can erase the Zotero in the search box and type in your own search), but you can also create list widgets or undetermined keyword search widgets.)