Tech Tuesday: Zotero

This Tech Tuesday we are highlighting Zotero which is a browser extension and stand-alone desktop application for Windows and MacOS. Zotero is most commonly known as a citation manager similar to EasyBib or Mendeley. While Zotero is excellent at managing citations, it is capable of so much more. This article will provide an overview of its most useful features. Future blog posts will expand on Zotero with in-depth how-to guides. I like Zotero because it is feature rich and can help students keep readings and citations well organized. Another huge perk is that Zotero is open source software. Not only is it free, but it also has a number of useful plug-ins and add-ons.
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Managing Citations and Outputting References:

As mentioned, Zotero is an excellent citation manager. The base install of the desktop application comes with a variety of standard citation styles including MLA, APA, Chicago and others. Have an obscure citation style only used by a specific discipline, don’t fret, chances are you can find it in the Zotero style repository here.

Outputting in-text citations in Zotero couldn’t be easier. Select the reference or references you want a citation for, right-click and select “Create bibliography from item” choose in-text citation, your chosen style, and copy to clipboard. Then, simply past the citation where needed in your document. You can create full reference pages in much the same way. Simply choose bibliography in the output section.

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Add, Organize and Manage Citations

Zotero has feature rich folder options to keep your citations organized. You can create a folder for a given class or project and then store all your citations in the folder. Adding citations is easy. If you’re using Google Scholar, you can simply download an RIS file (RefMan) using cite function in Google Scholar and open it with Zotero. Books can be added using the wand button (zotero button.jpg) and then adding the ISBN for the book. Zotero will handle the rest. Using add-ons Zotero can even scan PDF’s of journal articles and collect all the citation and metadata info directly from the article. A how-to blog outlining just how to do this will be available soon.

Have a class with a heavy reading load? Zotero is great for keeping all your readings organized. Add them all to a folder for that specific class and then you can write summaries or outlines for each with the built-in note taking function.

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Alternatively, or in-addition, you can also add any attachment you want to a given reference. For STEM students, this could be particularly useful if you draw diagrams in your notes and you want to keep them together with a specific reading. As mentioned, Zotero is free you can download it here. Check back soon for specific how-to guides that will expand in-depth on the various features and options Zotero has to offer.

Staff Writer: Randall Perez

 

Free Campus Coffee & Teas

Baby it’s cold outside…” so come into the Graduate Student Center for forever free coffee!

When you need a nice and warm place to study for finals or space to concentrate so you can finally get that homework/project done, GSC is swell. Observe the festive decorations and toasty REAL fire. No, my friends, it is not a mirage. IMG_0735

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How can you partake in the free coffee you ask? Easy! Just bring your own cup or travel mug and fill away to your heart’s content!

 

 

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Worried that your pickiness will get in the way of getting a free cup of Joe? No worries! There are a variety of coffees to choose from so even the connoisseurs can enjoy a cup.  This week there was Pumpkin, Hazelnut, Decaf and Colombian!

Lastly, if you’re not a coffee person, there are plenty of free teas to choose from! The GSC even has inexpensive and healthy snacks (not shown in picture but they do have fruits!) for you to buy if you’d like something to accompany your complimentary drinks. IMG_0736

So what are you waiting for? Check it out and get caffeinated (or not, decaf is good too)!

Staff writer: Victoria Gill