Organizing Your Pantry: Teaching Zotero to Graduate Students

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Megan Carlton, Science Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
Amanda "Amy" Harris Houk, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Graduate students collect a lot of food in their pantries throughout their studies but organizing it can be a challenge. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Libraries support Zotero to help students organize their pantries so they can find what they need when they need it. Zotero is open-source citation management software that allows users to store and organize citation information and PDFs while also integrating with both Word and Google Documents to insert in-text citations and bibliographies in over 9,000 citation styles. The University Libraries at UNCG have adopted Zotero as the supported citation management tool despite campus licensing a subscription-based competing tool. Using an open-source tool is important to the librarians who support it because graduate students typically enter the field after graduation or goto another institution to continue their studies or work. Building their own research library in an open-source product allows them continuity and enables them to easily take with them the library they build in graduate school. Zotero can help students complete research papers and other projects in individual classes as well as help them compile and organize resources for significant projects such as their dissertations.Time during the lesson is spent brainstorming how students can organize their pantry of sources. Students will discuss the possible approaches (which could include by topic, by class, by dissertation chapter, or some other method) and how they might employ one or more of these methods to organize their sources. Zotero is a pantry that allows people to put sources in multiple categories for easier organization. Students use the rest of the time developing their own organizational schemes and organizing their own pantries. This process of organizing sources in a way that works for students allows them to work more efficiently.

Additional Information

The Scholarly Communications Cookbook (pp. 351-354). ACRL.
Language: English
Date: 2021
Zotero, organizing sources

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