You may have heard librarians in various classes plugging Zotero.
Do you know about it? It is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, and share your research citations. It’s a great tool if you’re working on a large paper or more than one paper. It helps you keep your citations organized, and it easily formats them for you. Librarians would be glad to help you download and set up Zotero, if you’d like.
Specifically, Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a browser add-on that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. It provides the ability to save references from most library catalogs and databases, and regular web pages, youtube videos, etc. with one click. Zotero also allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.
Download and install Zotero Standalone Library just as you would any other program. You will also need to install the browser and Microsoft Word Connectors to allow your browser to save items to your Zotero library.
There's a different version of the Zotero Standalone library for each operating system: Windows, Mac or Linux. When you go to the download site, the site will detect your operating system and browser, and prompt you to download the appropriate version of Zotero.
The windows download should include the Microsoft Word connector and the Zotero library software for Microsoft Windows. Remember to also grab the browser extension. All three parts (Zotero library, browser extension, and Word extension) should be working on your laptop in order to make full use of the Zotero system.
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