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Library Instruction for Zotero

Using Zotero

How to get started with Zotero:

  • Download the Zotero desktop application / software to your home computer or laptop--choose the version for your operating system. Once you do this, you will also be able to log into the web version (when you don't have access to your home computer or laptop) and then sync your libraries. You first need to create a username and password to use the web version and sync feature. 
  • As you perform searches on the web or in the library's OneSearch resource or in the library's other databases, you can add resources to your Zotero Library. 
  • After downloading Zotero, you'll notice that there will be a Zotero tab in your instance of Microsoft Word and Google Docs. These word processing applications are now linked to Zotero so that you can add in-text citations and create a bibliography as you write a paper.
  • A note on Zotero: no citation generator is 100% accurate. It does a lot of work for you, but you should always double check with the style guide itself if 100% accuracy is essential. 

For a quick turtorial, we'll use the examples below. Once you've downloaded Zotero, find the following resources and add them to your library:

  • Resource 1
  • Resource 2
  • Resource 3
  • Resource 4
  • For Resource 5, access the library's Sociological Abstracts database. Then "accept" the message that Zotero detected you are accessing through a proxy, okay the proxy in the next pop-up window--this should be a one time ask. Go ahead and perform a search for "climate change" and save an article to your Zotero Library. 

Next we're going to insert these resources as citations into a sample paper. Copy and paste this sample text into the a blank document to practice inserting citations in-text:  

There is no question that the 21st century has seen its share of natural disasters, especially when one considers that we have not been in this new millennium for even a decade. Perhaps, at least for Americans, the most recognizable instance of a recent natural disaster occurred in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina is considered to be one of the deadliest and costliest natural disasters in American history. It may have been responsible for taking the lives of as many as 1,836 people and causing upwards of $81.2 billion worth of damage (CITATION 1). Hurricane Katrina shall be referred to periodically throughout this research paper because it represents numerous types of social problems in addition to being a problem associated with the environment. For example, Hurricane Katrina illustrates problems related to inequality, racism, and sexism. African Americans, Latinos, women, and children tended to be disproportionately affected by this natural disaster and were the most likely to be among the dead in the aftermath of the storm (CITATION 2).

According to anthropologists, ethnocentrism is when an individual believes that her culture is superior to other cultures (CITATION 3). When discussing these and other social problems, social scientists strive to adopt a global perspective, rather than to engage in ethnocentric thinking. It is particularly important, then, not to focus solely on natural disasters that have occurred in the United States. In addition to Hurricane Katrina, there have been other natural disasters that have occurred throughout other parts of the world during the 21st century (CITATION 4). While there is no question that Hurricane Katrina may be one of the most frequently cited natural disasters, it pales in comparison with the destruction caused by the Asian tsunami of 2004. It is likely that this disaster claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people (CITATION 5). As in the case of Hurricane Katrina, most of the victims of the Asian tsunami were poor. These individuals had substandard homes that could not withstand any type of resistance force, and most did not have insurance policies or savings accounts to help them get on their feet in the aftermath of the disaster. It is safe to speculate that the poor are usually more vulnerable to natural disasters than other members of society.

(Sample text is from iresearchnet dot com)