Tuesday’s Tip: Zotero

link190Today’s tip comes from the eLearning librarian at ZSR Library, Kyle Denlinger.

When I think back on all the research papers I wrote when I was in college, I’m struck by the countless hours I must have spent organizing, formatting, and proofreading my citations and bibliographies. Those were the dark ages. You see, back then, we didn’t have EasyBib. We had to format our citations by hand, on note cards, in the snow, uphill both ways! And we liked it!

Times have changed, however, and one must make room for progress. You probably already know about EasyBib, and if that works for you, and you’re not into saving time and being awesome, then by all means, use EasyBib. If you’d rather wield the power of 1,000 research librarians who refuse to sleep until your bibliographies are perfect, then read on.
 
 
Zotero is much more than a citation generator like EasyBib. It’s a free, fully-featured reference manager that can save sources automatically, generate citations and bibliographies, manage references in your word processor, and organize your research like you might organize songs in your Spotify library. Actually, it might just be easier to show you a video:
 
 
Pretty awesome, right? 
 
I use Zotero all the time for managing my own research, and one of my favorite parts of my job is getting to teach others how to use it. If you want to get started using Zotero, I just so happen to have a workshop coming up tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/23) in ZSR Library room 476. You can sign up here at the PDC. If you can’t make it, let me know! I’m happy to sit down with you one-on-one to get you up and running. 
 
Happy citing!