Introducing Zotero


How To…



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What is this Resource?

This site was originally created as a Zotero resource for a one day training course, Managing Personal Digital Research Information, at the British Library in September 2013 and March 2014.

In the hope that much of the content and examples can be of practical use and interest to a broader audience, I’m releasing it as a public resource under a Creative Commons license. Feel free to copy material, borrow examples and images and adapt them for your own use, as long as you credit the source.

A note on the structure of the content: it begins by assuming no knowledge of Zotero at all, starting with the basics, and moving on in stages to more advanced exercises and examples.

Many thanks to James Baker of the BL Digital Scholarship team, who invited me to lead the course!

What is Zotero?

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

How To…

Pages designed to accompany the practical sessions, with links to further guidance.

Morning Sessions

Getting Started

  • Saving a reference
  • Zotero pane
  • Zotero preferences

Doing More

  • More ways to get references
  • Editing metadata
  • Attachments and annotations
  • Organising collections
  • Data import and export

Afternoon Sessions

Managing citations and bibliographies

  • Bibliographies
  • Citation styles
  • Word processor integration

Exploring Libraries and Groups

  • Personal libraries
  • Groups

(You can get a version of all the pages above in a single file formatted for printing here: How To )

Practical exercises (afternoon session)

The final session looked at various ways to extend and work with Zotero.


These pages are intended to provide examples and case studies rather than practical tuition, to give a range of ideas about what people are doing with Zotero.

Zotero Bibliography

The other main resource created for the course is a Zotero group bibliography:

Managing Digital Research

This contains a larger selection of references to explore for further help and ideas. It will be an ongoing public resource which Zotero users will be welcome to join and contribute to.

Sharon Howard

Twitter: @sharon_howard

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