Workshop: Learn Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy to use tool for collecting and organizing citations and formatting bibliographies. I will be offering drop-in workshops on the basics of Zotero in 405 Moffitt:

Friday, February 17  12:00 – 1:00

Tuesday, February 21 4:00 – 5:00

Wednesday, February 22 4:00 – 5:00

No registration is required. If you want to use your own laptop for this workshop, please refer to the Zotero installation instructions at


Zotero workshops this week

This Wednesday, September 21, I will be conducting a three-hour workshop on Zotero in the D-Lab (356 Barrows). This workshop is divided into three parts: 1) installing and setting up Zotero and a few other features; 2) learning the basics of Zotero; and 3) exploiting additional features of Zotero. When you register you will be registering for the entire workshop, but you can show up for only the parts that are of interest to you. You can register for the workshop here. This workshop is open to everyone. A laptop is required.

If you want a briefer and less in-depth introduction to Zotero, my colleague David Eifler will be offering two Zotero workshops that same day, from 10-11 and 11-12 in 305 Wurster Hall. Registration is not required.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Use your campus-provided account to store Zotero attachments

I have updated the Syncing Your Data instructions in the Library’s guide to using Zotero with information about how to sync attachments.

When you use Zotero on more than one computer, it is a good idea to set your preferences to sync your citations to a cloud account on You can do this after you register an account with them. They also provide a service that allows you to sync the files (usually PDFs) that are downloaded along with citations from many of our databases, but only offer 300MB of free space.

You have unlimited storage space in your campus-provided account, and it is possible to use this cloud space instead of Zotero’s to store your attachments. If you have any difficulties or want to suggest improvements to the instructions, please contact me.

Drop-in Library training sessions for bibliographic management software and more

Drop-in Library training sessions have been scheduled during fall term in three campus libraries. The training schedule includes some hour-long sessions on bibliographic management tools that are open to both undergraduates and graduate students. The half-hour sessions are geared towards grad students.

I will provide a workshop on Zotero, RefWorks, or both by request if a group of five or more can find a time that works for them and for me (see my calendar). Contact me if you have any questions.

Upcoming RefWorks and EndNote Workshops

EndNote Essentials for Busy Students
Tuesday, Oct. 14; Room 450C Moffitt Library; 2:30 – 3:30 PM

RefWorks Uncorked

Wednesday, Oct. 22; Room 350C Moffitt Library; 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Each of these trainings will include hands-on learning: use the PCs in the training rooms, or bring your own laptop. (If you bring your own laptop, you may wish to download a trial version of EndNote from, unless you already have this program)
Features covered include:

  • Adding references to EndNote or RefWorks from PubMed and other databases
  • Organizing your references into groups or folders
  • Using EndNote or RefWorks with Microsoft Word to instantly add references to your document in any of 1000s of citations styles
  • …and more!