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Zotero @ the WSU Libraries

Why Zotero?

  • Works with most browsers (all, via somewhat limited Zotero bookmarklet)
  • Works with wide variety of content types, including website
  • Saves PDFs and screenshots ; can attach any sort of online file (although may not be searchable)
  • Saves bibliographic information, notes, tags, and related items
  • Searchable - no more silos
  • Useful after you graduate - retain everything, add more 

Web Access

  • Optional
  • Allows you to access your Zotero Library online, and sync your items between different computers
  • Can just save bibliographic data and notes (free) or add attachments like screenshots and PDFs ($)
  • Basic citation generation
  • Can add or edit online (but better to use the Zotero Bookmarklet if you are adding multiple items, although it doesn't work with all source types)
  • Can use Zotero's group functionality ( might be able to use this somewhat just via a Zotero account...)
  • Latest update makes it look just like your desktop/laptop Zotero interface

Third-Party Tools

Zotero's open source-ness has created a pretty rich ecosystem of applications and tools that work with it. Here are a few, and you can find more on the Zotero Plug-ins page

  • Do you have a tablet of any kind? Just using works well, and you can open, read, and annotate your PDFs in PDF-reading apps like iAnnotate or PDFExpert  #Requires use of Online Zotero.  (Alternatively, ZotFile creates a nice workflow for moving your PDF to your tablet app to annotate them, then moving it back.)


Screencast Demos - 2019 Update

I'll be adding more to this - I'm trying to make a series of shortish (around 20 minutes) screencasts that demonstrate Zotero.

Working with Third-Party Zotero Add-ons to Increase Functionality: ZotFile

As a open source tool, Zotero has a robust number of third-party add-ons (plug-ins) that really make it even more useful. You can find a (not comprehensive?) list on Zotero's Documentation Page.

I have started some demo videos for these below.

Other Zotero Screencast How-To Videos

Here are some additional videos (some I created, some from Zotero's documentation, that may be of use).

Older Stuff That is Probably Outdated and That I Should Probably Delete

12/22/17: This was created as an aid for two webinars I did for WSU's Global Campus. (Links below). It was before Zotero's big 5.x update, so this will be slightly out of date, although mostly still usable.

8/2018 update

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