What's with this guide?
Zotero's own website will tell you most of what you need to know to install and use Zotero. I created this library guide to supplement what it provides (you can also find some excellent tutorials and other how-to resources from other libraries on the Using Zotero... tab).
12/22/17: Most of this guide has been revised for Zotero's major 5.x update except, I think, the Setting up Zotero and Zotero toolbar stuff.
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 some 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 if you want)
Zotero Refresher (please bring your laptop with Zotero already installed)
So, what's Zotero?
Zotero is a free/mium, open source alternative to reference manager systems such as EndNote and RefWorks. Zotero allows you to easily save 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. Zotero also captures bibliographic information and live screenshots for Web content such as webpages, blog posts, newspaper articles, YouTube videos, Amazon books, and images on sites such as Flickr. 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; 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 and provide added functionality..
Citation Style Editing:
Zotero users can 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...)