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This module walks you through setting up a citation management tool: Zotero. Using a citation manager is great way to save time during your research process. It's an online tool that you can use to collect, manage and organize citations for articles, books and other sources that you find. You can also use it to create Reference Lists and do in-text citations - it's a huge time saver.
The best way to get comfortable with a tool like Zotero is practice. We'll be exploring even more features and discussing any questions you have at the live orientation, but you should use this interactive tutorial to set up your account so you can use it to complete the other orientation modules
In this tutorial you'll practice using Zotero inside MS Word to create in-text citations and a reference list.
When you notice an error in a citation you can make changes to it either in your Zotero Library or in your document.
Best Option: Edit the item in your Zotero library. (Updates stick with that source forever going forward
OK Option: Edit the item in your document. (Updates only apply in that one document.)
Bonus: to change the title (Title Case vs Sentence case)
Remember to compare your references to the style handbook in order to catch any errors!
When you need to cite two sources in the same place in the text of your document, follow these steps:
Hint: They should look like this: (Smith, 2019; Jones, 2020), not like this: (Smith, 2019)(Jones, 2020).
Note: In Blackboard set up as a discussion board forum.
Whether you’re brand new to using Zotero or you’re an expert-level user, practice is always a useful way to integrate a tool into your research process. This activity is an opportunity to focus on using Zotero without the added pressure of finding and synthesizing sources.
Estimated time: 20 minutes
If you find this activity is taking significantly longer than the estimated time, or you're get stuck, overwhelmed, or have a question please stop working on it and email one of your librarians for assistance.