Third Party Documentation
This page lists Zotero documentation written by third parties. Read on to check whether Zotero documentation already exists for your institution, or to learn how you can easily create your own documentation.
You might want to write your own Zotero documentation to introduce users to Zotero, or to offer institution-specific information, e.g. by pointing users to local workshops, training opportunities and support.
Feel free to copy and repurpose any content (text, images, videos, etc.) from the Zotero website to help support and promote Zotero.
We always welcome contributions to this page and to the rest of the Zotero wiki (see Documentation to register for a wiki account). You can also join the Zotero Evangelists Google Group for more information.
Note that some of the documentation listed below was written for older versions of Zotero and may not be completely accurate for Zotero 5.
Short and Sweet
A number of school libraries have put together very basic Zotero pages. Most of these pages have co-opted a bit of text from Zotero’s homepage, offering some basic installation instructions, maybe an embedded video on using Zotero and usually information on customizing Zotero to the specific institution.
One Page Guides
Other libraries have chosen to develop their own versions of Zotero’s quick start guide. In the examples below librarians at each of these institutions made their own set of screenshots, walking through what they saw as the key uses of Zotero for their patrons.
- Thing 13: Zotero citation manager: Webcam Conversation from Kate Freedman at Murdoch University.
Extensive Institution Usage
Other libraries and campus educators have developed much more extensive guides. Each of these examples attempts to provide greater detail related to issues specific to groups of researchers or library audiences at their institutions.
- George Mason University’s Libraries. George Mason offers an info guide with several tabs separating out frequently asked questions, information on workshops, and downloadable user guides.
- Emory University Libraries. Created by Erin Mooney, Instructional Librarian at Emory University Libraries.
- Boston College Law School has a guide written by Chester Kozikowski.
- Librarian and Professor Michael Witt of Purdue University provided us with this libguide. Has excellent video tutorials to get beginners familiar with Zotero and Zotero groups.
- If you're interested in building a LibGuide, Jason Puckett at Georgia State University has a great example that he's made available for all to reproduce or tweak for their own institutions. (with attribution please; it's covered under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United State License).
- MIT Libraries and LaTeX, BibTeX. The MIT guide breaks content on Zotero into three pages. With MIT’s focus on science, it makes sense to work through using Zotero with LaTeX and BibTeX:
- George Mason University has a guide for transitioning university faculty and students to Zotero from their existing reference management tools.
- Here's how to create a workflow in Zotero from Lincoln Mullen Reference coordinator, Bob Jones University
- You can use Zotero with Flickr, as Kathryn Greenhill describes.
- An annotated Zotero Group Bibliography assignment by Brian Croxall.
- Harold Marcuse, Associate Professor of History at the University of Santa Barbara, did this presentation for historians.
- Zotero: A How-To Guide for Harvard Library. LibGuide created by librarians at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Contains tips on using Zotero for archival research.