Digital Lab
The Digital Lab

How to get started with Zotero

This course will learn you the basic functionalities of Zotero in a mix of lectures and practical exercises. After attending the course, you will be able to use Zotero to manage your research workflow more efficiently and effectively.

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Main content

The course will be held in Norwegian.

This course is designed to give you the basics of Zotero. You will learn how to import and save different types of references into your Zotero library, and check the information to make sure the references and bibliography are correct. In the course you will also learn how to use Zotero in Word, and how to choose the correct reference style.

Course content

  • What is a reference managing tool​?
  • Get ready to collect references in Zotero: get started in the Zotero library, check the Connector in your browser​
  • How to import references from databases, search engines, and manually
  • Check and edit references​ in Zotero
  • How to insert and customize citation in text in Word​
  • How to make a correct bibliography and switch between different reference styles and languages in Word
  • How to keep your Zotero library organized: organizing the references in folders (collections), saving PDF files, searching the library, duplicate check and more.


Preparation before the course

Participants are expected to work with practical exercises in the course, and we therefore ask that Zotero is installed beforehand. In addition, we recommend installing the Zotero Connector, which automatically records content as you browse the web, making saving items to Zotero easier. Zotero is fully integrated with Google Docs, Libre Office and MS Word/Powerpoint. Import works best with Firefox and Chrome.