This video provides instructions and a demonstration for setting up a Zotero account; creating a group library; downloading and setting-up the Zotero application; adding the Zotero web-browser connectors; and installing Zotfile add-on.
If you're regularly using more than one computer in your research, Zotero's sync feature can keep your library up to date on all of them. Zotero can store a copy of your library on the Zotero.org server and check it for updates whenever you open your library on a different computer. All your computers must be running the same version of Zotero.
First, set up a (free, of course) Zotero.org user account. Then:
Any updates you make on one of your computers will be reflected on the others.
For more details and help troubleshooting sync problems, check the Zotero site.
Zotero offers word processing plugins (also called Add-Ins) for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice. The plugin adds a Zotero toolbar ribbon to your word processor that allows you to add citations to your document while you write.
For more details on synching your Zotero account with Microsoft Word, please visit Zotero's documentation for Word Processor Plugins
Zotero's troubleshooting page has tips for issues with adding Word Plugin.
For instructions on how to create in-text citations and bibliographies with Zotero in Word, take a look at this guide's Saving Citations page - MS Word: Adding In-Text Citations & Bibliographies or Zotero's documentation on using Word plugin with Zotero.
The Zotero Connector must be installed before you can use Google Docs with Zotero.
If you're working on a library computer, there's another easy option for taking your Zotero library with you.
From Zotero's top navigation menu, Select File, and select Export Library.
You have the option to export the file in different formats (default is Zotero RDF) and under Translator Options, you can choose to Export Notes and Files. The default format is Zotero RDF, this format primarily works for sharing your library with other Zotero users. Learn more about exporting your Zotero library.
When you're done, make sure to export any changes and import the new file onto your computer. UofT Libraries computers will erase your data when you log off.
Zotero users can share resources by creating a group library, but exporting allows you to share your library with people using other citation management tools, such as EndNote or Mendeley, the RIS file type is typically the best choice. The RIS file type allows your citation information and any notes you have made about the item to be exported.
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