Do you … ?
- … save random URLs in a Word or Google Doc?
- … save article PDFs on your desktop and as email attachments?
- … have a pile of article printouts sitting on your desk?
- … write down citations on sticky notes and post them to your monitor?
- … stay up late the night before a paper is due reconstructing your citations?
If you answered yes to any of the above … the answer is YES, you need Zotero (or some other citation management system).* Come to Zotero Day and learn more about this powerful tool for organizing your citations and creating bibliographies. Jennifer Dorner and David Eifler have been tag-team teaching Zotero classes which were very successful last semester, with one attracting over 150 attendees!
Spend an hour with Jennifer and David and learn to use this robust citation manager with Firefox and Chrome. These zoom workshop covers importing citations, exporting bibliographies into Word and Google Docs and sharing resources among groups. Three 1-hour sessions each day. (If you have a chance, download the program and browser connector at www.zotero.org before the workshop.)
Tuesday, January 26 (all classes are Pacific Standard Time)
- 10AM – 11AM
- Noon – 1PM
- 5PM – 6PM
Monday, February 1
- 9AM – 10AM
- 2PM – 3PM
- 4PM – 5PM
Please register to get the Zoom link – https://berkeley.libcal.com/calendar/workshops
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Can’t make it to these workshops? Try a self-paced tutorial? This tutorial includes 24 slides and 18 embedded screencasts (totalling approximately 18 minutes of viewing). Do the tutorial at your own pace and skip or fast-forward through the screencasts. In total, the tutorial can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Check it out at: Zotero Basics
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* adapted from Why use a citation management tool?, Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington.
Spend an hour and learn to use this robust citation manager. The workshops cover importing citations, exporting bibliographies into MS Word and Google Docs and sharing resources among groups. No need to register. If you have a chance, download Zotero at zotero.org prior to the class. Workshops will be held in 305 Wurster Hall – the Environmental Design Library’s Training Room.
David Eifler, the Environmental Design Librarian, will be offering a day of Zotero workshops on Thursday, September 26 in 305 Wurster Hall. The 1-hour introduction to Zotero will repeat at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm, and 5pm.
Registration is not required. You are encouraged to download the program and browser connector at www.zotero.org before attending.
If you are a Zotero user who prefers using Safari, be aware that Apple is discontinuing support for Safari extensions distributed directly by developers. Because of this, you will not be able to install the Zotero connector in Safari 12. Find more information about this on the Zotero site, as well as a possible workaround.
Introductory Zotero training
Tuesday 3/6 4-5pm 305 Wurster
Citation management software can help organize research results and make writing papers easier by quickly creating properly formatted bibliographies and footnotes.
Learn how to use this easy citation manager for Firefox, Safari and Chrome. The workshop will cover importing citations, exporting bibliographies, sharing resources for working groups, and using a wide variety of citation styles.
Advanced Zotero Training
Tuesday 2/27 11-12pm 405 Moffitt*
Tuesday 3/13 4-5 pm 405 Moffitt*
The Advanced workshop is designed for those already using Zotero, who want to learn more about editing and organizing citations, using Zotero with a word processor, syncing data and attachments, and expanding Zotero’s functionality with plug-ins.
*A Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library
Over the course of the past decade a number of free software tools and apps—including Mendeley, Zotero, and RefWorks—have cropped up to help you to create, format and manage your citations. The Library has arranged this series of Fall 2017 drop-in workshops to help you get started (or dig deeper) with the citation management software of your choice:
Writing and Citing Tools: What are your options?
- August 21, 2-2:30pm, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room
- August 23, 10-10:30am, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
- September 7, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
- September 7, 4-5pm, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room
- September 12, 4-5pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
- September 13, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
- October 4, 12-1pm, Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
- October 10, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405
- October 17, 4:30-5:30pm, Moffitt Library Room 405
For more help managing your citations check out these library guides:
The Library is offering a workshop on the citation management tool RefWorks:
Friday, March 17, 2017 add to bCal
Bioscience Library Training Room
RefWorks is a citation manager that allows you to organize citations, import them from databases, store pdfs, and insert references and bibliographies into documents (MS Word and Google Docs).
New RefWorks has a new look and feel from its previous iteration. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of navigating the new interface, organizing your citation library, creating new citations, importing citations from various databases, inserting references and creating bibliographies in Google Docs and Microsoft Word.
Please create a RefWorks account prior to class. If you already have a RefWorks account in the legacy RefWorks, you be shown how to migrate it to the New RefWorks platform.
The Bioscience Library Training Room is equipped with PCs, but you are welcome to bring your laptop. Please, no food or drink in the Training Room.
The Library is offering a range of workshops on different citation management tools.
An intro class to the new RefWorks
Sept 28 3-4 pm Bioscience Library Training Room
Sept 29 2-3 pm D-Lab 356 Barrows
Sept 14 11:45 am-1 pm Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
Endnote for MACs
Sept 28 11:45 am-1 pm Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
Part 1 will be more introductory; Part 2 will cover some advanced features
Oct 4 Part 1 1-2 pm D-Lab 356 Barrows
Oct 13 Part 2 1-2 pm D-Lab 356 Barrows
3-part workshop covering getting started with Zotero, Zotero Basics, and some advanced features
Sept 21 12:30-3:30 pm D-Lab 356 Barrows
Sept 20 12-1 pm Bioscience Library Training Room (VLSB)
Wherever you are in your graduate career, a citation management tool is essential to organizing, writing and sharing your research. Two free and highly popular citation managers that run on Windows, Mac OS and Linux are Mendeley and Zotero. In short, Mendeley is frequently used by physical and life scientists and Zotero by social scientists and arts and humanities scholars. Below is a brief comparison.
|Access, edit and insert citations into a document offline||Yes||Yes|
|Microsoft Word plug-in||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic download of citations from OskiCat and the UCB Library discovery tool||No||Yes|
|Insert citations into Google Docs||No||Yes|
|Free Storage for PDFs||2GB||300 MB|
|Annotate PDFs from within the program||Yes||No|
|Attach web pages and screen captures||No||Yes|
|Recommendations of relevant and highly cited articles||Yes||No|
|Connect with a community of scholars (i.e., academic social network)||Yes||Kinda|
|Collaborate with colleagues in the cloud||Yesfree for up to 3 group members||Yesunlimited|
|Automatically create citation records from PDFs||Yes||Yes|
|Easy de-duplication of item entries||Yes||Yes|
Both citation managers allow you to easily download citation information and incorporate citations into your papers and publications. Each has over 7,000 citation styles covering the vast majority of journals you’ll publish in. Focus on research, reading and writing and leave citation management drudgery to either Mendeley or Zotero.
If you’d like to set up a Zotero training session for five or more, please contact David Eifler – deifler [at] berkeley.edu to arrange a convenient time.
As the size of your papers lengthen — from term papers to thesis to dissertation — you’ll begin to recognize the value of a citation management tool. Good citation managers allow you to easily capture a variety of citation sources (books, articles, interviews, videos, newspaper articles), and then readily incorporate them into a Word document, ultimately producing a bibliography in any one of a variety of formats (MLA, Chicago, APA, Harvard, etc.) In short, they take the drudgery out of citation collection and bibliography production so you can better focus on the content of your research. A good citation manager will also facilitate group collaboration and cloud-based storage of references and accompanying PDFs.
There are four commonly used academic citation managers on the UC Berkeley campus: EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley. EndNote, the elder statesman of the group, has been widely used by science faculty for over 25 years, but costs about $100 and the web-based interface leaves quite a bit to be desired. UC Berkeley pays for a subscription to RefWorks so it’s free for students and faculty to use. It’s web-based and can’t be used if you don’t have an internet connection and to this reviewer’s eye the interface is a bit cludgy.
Zotero is a free, open source citation manager that’s been around nearly 10 years and is going strong. Design for new media research, it recognizes a wide variety of citation sources (books and articles as well as maps, computer programs, e-mail, patents, podcasts, theses, reports) and imports citations with a single click from Safari, Chrome and Firefox browsers. It works from your device or the cloud and allows for easy group collaboration.
Mendeley is the newcomer to the citation management crowd. Recently purchased by the Elsevier Corporation, it is cloud-based, allows for easily import of citations and annotation of PDFs and is currently free. It doesn’t recognize new media sources such as interviews, forum posts, and TV broadcasts as Zotero does. It is, however, gaining in popularity among scientists.
If you haven’t already guessed, Zotero, is my favorite — especially for students in the arts and humanities and social sciences. Mendeley is a close contender, but I have concerns that it won’t be free forever. You can find an excellent guide on setting up and using Zotero at http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/c.php?g=4472&p=15929. The most important thing is to not delay; begin using a citation manager today. You won’t believe the difference it will make in your individual and collaborative research projects.
If you’d like to set up a Zotero training session, please get at least 5 colleagues together and we’ll find an open time on my calendar for a 1 hour training. deifler [@] berkeley.edu.
by David Eifler, Environmental Design Library
Contact me at deifler [at] berkeley.edu