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EDUC 542 - Research Methods in Education

Writing a literature review

Consult these resources to help you write your literature review.

Synthesizing Literature

Organize Your Research Using Zotero

Organize your references and full text articles, add notes, tag themes, and/or create theme folders to help you critically analyze and synthesize your sources as you write your literature review.

Zotero Frequently Asked Questions

The citation downloaded but the full text that is available didn’t. What do I do?

  1. Download the full text to your desktop.
  2. Select the citation in Zotero and right click.
  3. Select Add Attachment -> Attach Stored Copy of File (or click on the paper clip icon in the toolbar)

I have a PDF file on my desktop and would like to put it in Zotero. What do I do?

  1. “Drag and drop” the file into the center window of Zotero.
  2. Right click on the PDF file entry and select “Retrieve Metadata for PDF.”
    1. The first time you do this you will be asked to install an add-on.  Just follow the instructions and then right click on the PDF file again.
  3. If the metadata is not available, right click “ “Create Parent Item” and then manually enter the metadata.  You need the metadata to create a bibliography or “write and cite.”

The title in my citation has every letter capitalized. What do I do?

  1. Select the item in the center window.
  2. Mouse over the title in the right window then right click.
  3. Transpose Text -> Sentence Case

I have downloaded a few citations but they don’t have the full text. What do I do?

  1. Make sure that you have set the “resolver” in your preferences.
    1. Preferences -> Advanced 
    2. Enter http://sfx.carli.illinois.edu/sfxwhe in the “resolver:” box
  2. Select the item
  3. Click on the arrow to the right of the search box in the menu bar.
  4. The “Find it!” screen will appear showing the availability of full text and a link to place an ILLiad request.

When you don’t know what to do….