Workshop: Getting Started with Zotero for PhD Research

Sources here; sources there; sources everywhere! Do you need help finding a better system to organize your reference materials for your Phd project? You are in luck! The Artes Research team in collaboration with research support from the Faculty of Law will offer a workshop to help PhD researchers get started with the reference management software Zotero.

What can you expect?

The session will start with an introduction to the basic functionalities of Zotero including the various ways to add references to your Zotero library, how to incorporate citations into your Microsoft Word documents using the Zotero plug-in, setting up a tagging system, annotating references in Zotero, and generating bibliographies. Following this introduction, the hands-on session will take place in small groups. During this portion of the workshop, participants will try out all the basics while a group leader is available to help with issues or answer questions. Finally, the workshop will close with a Q&A session and the opportunity to learn about more advanced features of the software that could be particularly helpful for PhD researchers.

Practical details:

  • Date of workshop: Thursday 16 June
  • Time: 14h-16h CEST
  • Venue: MS Teams
  • Target audience: first- and second-year PhD researchers have first priority
  • Deadline to register: Tuesday 14 June
  • Registration: via OneButton

Required preparations:

  • Create a Zotero account (free)
  • Download the *Zotero desktop app
    • Open Microsoft word to check if the Zotero plug-in has been installed correctly; this should happen automatically; you will find it in the menu bar
  • Install the Zotero web browser connector (available for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers)
  • Join the Artes Digital Scholarship Community on Zotero
  • Prepare a list of 10 sources you use (or will use) in your research (PDFs, an article open in an academic database like JSTOR, an existing bibliography, …); these will be used during the hands-on portion of the workshop

If you register for the workshop, please make sure to complete the preparations on or before Tuesday 14 June. If you are having trouble with any of the required preparation, do not hesitate to get in touch via, and we will help you get set up!

*Legal researchers who prefer to use Juris-M, can install the Juris-M desktop app and connector instead of the regular Zotero app. Juris-M is a branch of Zotero that works better with legal sources, but is otherwise identical to Zotero (version 5) and will also allow you to use a Zotero account and join the Artes Digital Scholarship Community.

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