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Biology

This guide is designed to help students learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources for studying and learning biology.

Library Research Guide

What is Zotero?

Zotero logo: grey hexagon with three dimensional red Z insideZotero is a citation management tool that helps you save references from different databases or websites while researching.

Unique features of Zotero:

  • You can save references in a variety of formats, including video, audio, art, etc.
  • You can make notes with each reference using bold or italic text, superscripts, or bulleted lists.
  • You can make multiple notes on one reference.
  • It is customizable and configurable.

Installing and Customizing Zotero

Step 1: Install Zotero 5.0 (also known as Zotero stand-alone) 

  • Open https://www.zotero.org/download
  • Download and install Zotero 5.0 on each computer you regularly use. (You do not have to install on all computers at the same time), The installation automatically includes the toolbar for Word.
  • Install the Zotero Connector for each browser you use:
    • PCs - Chrome, Firefox, Safari
    • Macs - Safari, Chrome, Firefox
    • NOTE: For other browsers, check out their bookmarklet.

Step 2: Register at zotero.org to allow syncing among multiple computers.

Step 3: Customize Zotero 5.0 using Preferences

  • Open Zotero on your computer (red Z on Desktop or Dock)
  • Open Preferences by clicking Edit >> Preferences or Zotero >> Preferences
    • Sync: Enter your Zotero username and password; choose whether attachments should be synced (you have 300MB of free cloud storage, about 100 PDFs)

Step 4: Customize Zotero Connector

  • Open Preferences by right clicking the Zotero Connector in your browser >> Preferences (or options on Chrome)
  • General: select options for saving to Zotero
  • Proxies: add a configured proxy for %h.er.lib.k-state.edu/%p
  • Advanced: if you are using Google Docs select "Enable Google Docs Integration"

For instructions with images or video, use Zotero's support pages below:

Guide for K-State instructors to share with first-time Zotero users

Troubleshooting Zotero

Zotero has created clear step-by-step troubleshooting pages for these common issues:

If your problem isn't listed in the links above, browse the Zotero Knowledge Base or search the Zotero Forums:

Using Zotero for Academic Writing

Closed captions are available in this video by YouTube user mdthib.