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Pol Sci 495 Research Design & Methods (Brancati)

Created for Spring 2010; Updated for Spring 2013.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. 

Take a look at what you can do with Zotero:

  1. Create and manage citations of books, articles, videos, etc.
  2. Import citations from databases and the WU Catalog
  3. Add searchable notes and tags to citations; attach pdf's if desired
  4. Quickly create a bibliography in multiple formats (MLA, Chicago, APA...)
  5. Automatically manage in-text citations in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice/OpenOffice
  6. Easily share references with others

Getting Started with Zotero

  1. Download and install Zotero (Choose PC or Mac, and then download the appropriate browser connector:  Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari)
  2. Register for a free zotero.org account (enables syncing and sharing).
  3. Sync your Zotero account with Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone.
    1. Within Zotero click on Actions (gear icon), then select Preferences.
    2. Select the Sync tab and enter your Zotero account username and password.
  4. Add citations to Zotero
  5. Create bibliographies
  6. Organize your research
  7. Share and collaborate

Research Studio Handout