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SWK 327: Social Work Research Methods: Zotero

Workshop handouts by Jason Puckett

Zotero guidebook

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Zotero Video Playlist

Step 2: Zotero - Setting it up

Creating an Annotated Bibliography

Zotero in Seven Easy Steps

  1. Go to and signup for a free account.
  2. Download Zotero Connector (Chrome or Firefox only)
  3. Download and install Zotero on your computer
  4. Open Zotero preferences and sign in to sync your account
  5. Open Zotero preferences ->Citation ->Word Processor and install Word Plugin
  6. Exit Both (completely close MS Word and Zotero) The open Word and Zotero.
  7. Begin "Zoteroing"!

About Zotero

Photo by Karin DalzielWhat Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.

Zotero workshop

Watch the Zotero workshop given by Jason Puckett:

Microsoft Word

Office 365

Zotero works best with Microsoft Word and SLU students can get Office 365 at no cost.



Saint Leo has an institutional agreement with, an online plagiarism and grammar checker.

This link allows 50% off Grammarly's standard pricing when students register using their SLU email address:

Note for librarians at other institutions

Dear Librarians:

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