Using Zotero for Citations

Zotero Swag

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

Join us for lunch as Michael Mizell-Nelson, Associate Professor of History at University of New Orleans, leads an interactive, hands-on, crash course in using Zotero for citations.

Here is some more information about the software:

Zotero is an easy-to-use yet powerful research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full text journal articles, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways.

Originally designed as an extension to the popular open-source web browser Firefox, Zotero Standalone version now works with Chrome and Safari browsers. (Internet Explorer and other browsers will soon accommodate the software.)

Zotero includes the best parts of older reference management software (like EndNote and RefWorks) -- the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references--and the best parts of modern software and web applications (like iTunes and, such as the ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways.

Zotero can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and--on many major research and library sites--find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. Since it lives in the web browser, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications; since it runs on one's personal computer, it can also communicate with software running there (such as Microsoft Word). And it can be used offline as well (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).

For even more information about Zotero, please follow the link below.

  • Led by: Michael Mizell-Nelson, Associate Professor of History, University of New Orleans
  • Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
  • Time: Noon - 1:00 PM
  • Location: CAT Teaching Lab (Library 532A)
  • More info:

Note: Feel free to bring your laptop.
Photo credit: Zotero Swag by Karin Dalziel, licensed under Creative Commons

To register: RSVP to Olivia Crum at or call x.7512

Tags: Zotero, technology, outside speaker
Format: hands-on
Event ID: 01130

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