Let’s start 2022 with a recap – intro to Zotero by Anne-Marie Mölders

image taken from Zotero website

Happy new year, everybody!

We’d like to start 2022 by looking back at our Sociolab Zotero Workshop from December 2021, hosted by our very own Anne-Marie Mölders, who is a research assistant in the Lab. We find Zotero incredibly helpful and if your new year’s resolution is to organize all your references, Zotero might be as useful to you as it is to us!

Zotero is a *free* tool for shared reference management and can be used to make academic writing quicker and easier. These are the three main functions of Zotero:

  1. Organize & Share: Zotero serves as a hub in which you can store and organize all your papers by, e.g., setting up subfolders. You can also create a shared library and make sure that your collaborators have access to the same literature.
  2. Collect: There are various ways in which Zotero helps you get hold off your literature from the web, either using the browser plugin, the doi/ISBN, or the “cite” feature on Google Scholar.
  3. Cite: Using the word plugin allows you to directly cite the literature that is stored in Zotero in your word document. Creating the bibliography only takes one click.
Image taken from the Zotero website, this is what organizing your references with the tool can look like!

Beware – always double-check if all information is correct and never rely on the software 100%!

You can download Zotero here and we recommend taking a look at Sean Snyder’s intro to Zotero on YouTube. Anne-Marie also created a handout available to anyone who is interested. If you have any questions and to get your hands on the handout, feel free to send an email to anne-marie.moelders@uni-due.de.

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