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PSCI 361 - Political Research (Garrett)

What is Zotero?

Zotero [pronounced zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.  

Take a video tour of Zotero

To get started:

Each Zotero account comes with 300 megabytes of file storage for storing citation information, PDFs, notes, etc.  If you find it necessary, you can purchase additional storage from Zotero.

Guide to Zotero

Mastering Zotero is an online comprehensive user guide for the Zotero reference manager.  Chapters currently available are:

APSA Citation Style

Zotero doesn't include APSA style formatting by default, but you can install it from the Zotero Style Repository.

Citing Data

Zotero doesn't have an item type for datasets, so you need to do some extra editing to cite them correctly:

  1. Use the Journal Article item type when importing or manually entering your citation data. Manual entry is recommended because importing through Zotero Connector doesn't usually work well for datasets.
  2. In the Extra field towards the bottom, type "dataset" (without the quotes)

If the citation style you're using is set up for datasets, then it should display properly when you cite the dataset.

Zotero Guides and Videos

There are two ways to use Zotero on your computer:

  1. Use a Firefox extension (RECOMMENDED).
  2. Use Zotero Standalone and a browser connector (Safari, Chrome, Firefox).  Zotero does not support Internet Explorer.

Each Zotero account comes with 300 megabytes of file storage for storing citation information, PDFs, notes, etc.  If you find it necessary, you can purchase additional storage from Zotero.

Have an existing bibliography, create citations.

An online tool, AnyStyle can be used to extract bibliographic references from documents in 3 simple steps:

  • Copy and paste your citations into the input box on the web site
  • Use the easy editing tool to make corrections
  • Generate a BibTeX that you can import into Zotero