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Zotero @ the WSU Libraries

Zotero Class Schedule

  • 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 may be 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 generally leave after 10 minutes.
Upcoming Zotero Workshops (Spring, 2024) - email me if you want to make a separate arrangement (note, classes can be broken up into two sessions, each about an hour (I may go over but generally not more than 10-15 minutes)). 
This is a passion project for me, so weekends and evening classes are possible. :-)

Zotero Consultations

Contact me directly. These days I prefer doing consultations (and classes, actually) via Zoom (it's a better experience) but can also be in-person if that works better for you. 

About Zotero

March 2022 Update: Zotero 6.0 now available
  • open and annotate PDFs in Zotero (as layers, not built into the PDF like Adobe Acrobat does) 
  • Insert notes into your Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs documents with active Zotero citations for automatically generating bibliographies
  • and more (including embedding images in notes - see the link)
  • Note that Zotero Notes are now in Markdown - you can format the ways you did before, but now can also do much more, including exporting them to external Markdown editors with links back to Zotero. Markdown Cheatsheet example - here's another one. (You can keep them as HTML if you prefer - there is an option in Zotero Preferences.)
  • Mendeley annotations can now be imported in as Zotero Notes
  • Full changelog
  • The Zotero IOS app is now out of beta (link goes to Apple store record for it)
  • 6/2023 - Zotero is actually working on Zotero 7.0 - it's in beta now and its sweet - web snapshot and epub annotation!
So, what's Zotero?

Zotero is a free/mium, open source reference management tool/application. 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/tags. Most saved PDFs are searchable and can be annotated in-app. 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 and/or Google Docs. References can be backed up and shared between computers and even with other people over the Web. Zotero works with the Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Safari browsers; if you are using another browser certain 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 Mendeley - find out more in this press release from Columbia University and at the CSL editor developer blog, or test the beta version (note: installing it will be different...)

More Interested in EndNote or Mendeley?

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