Zotero is a great tool to manage citations. It can also help organize information and facilitate collaboration when working on a group project.
Don't have Zotero installed? Follow these instructions in the Quick Guide
Zotero is now available in Google Docs when you use the Chrome or Firefox browser.
Adding and sharing citations when working in a group
Tagging adds a search term to an entry. You can search on a tag to display a group of article with the same tag. Suggested tags:
Creating theme folders is another way to group articles that have a specific theme.
Sample Screen Shot: Note the tag "Terry" has been added to the highlighted entry.
An important step in writing a literature review is to extract information from your articles that will help you synthesize and summarize the current research in your own words.
Using Google Docs/Sheets
Use the notes feature in Zotero can help you share this information within your group and facilitate analysis.
Notes can be attached to individual entries. Some helpful notes can include:
Create a grid in Google Sheets or Docs with the same information that would be collected when using Zotero notes
Create one column in your grid for each article you find. Some helpful rows could be:
Once you have added Zotero notes or Google Doc entries for all your articles, use this information to analyze and synthesize the information for your review.
Note: In Zotero you can search key words, search your theme tags, or look at each theme folder. Remember to click on the in front of each entry to see the notes that have been added.
Remember, you will be synthesizing information, not summarizing individual research studies. Before writing on a theme...
You can use Zotero to format your in-text citations and bibliography while you write when you are using Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
What is a literature review and questions to ask yourself when searching and analyzing the literature. - from Writing in the Health Sciences: a comprehensive guide - University of Toronto
When you collect and organize your references/citations with Zotero, you can then use Zotero to format your bibliography and/or use them to create in-text citations using a Zotero Word or Google Docs plugin to "cite while you write."
Zotero "What do I do if..."
...the citation downloaded but the full text that is available didn't.
...I have a PDF file on my desktop and would like to put it in Zotero.
Note: You need this metadata to create a bibliography or "write and cite."
...the title in my citation has every letter capitalized.
...I have downloaded a few citations but they don't have full text.
Note: Google Scholar is also an option in the dropdown. This can be used for citation searching [cited by link under a Google Scholar result record].
...still don't know what to do.