A Zotero Self-Paced Study Guide

From OER in Education


Using Zotero will save you hours of typing out references! Just work through these 24 short tasks and you'll be good to go.

Lesson idea. Zotero is free software which you can use on any platform:

  • to record references manually and from online searches;
  • to build up a library as you search online, store references on your computer AND synchronise them online with a free Zotero account;
  • to tag and search references, store abstracts and notes on your readings;
  • to automatically compile references in your course assignments, thesis or papers for publication.

Zotero is designed to work in conjunction with Word and OpenOffice. The 2018-19 version was reworked to accommodate the latest version of Zotero.

Teaching approach. Work through this comprehensive but easily accessible study guide at your own pace. There are 24 short tasks arranged around 5 main sections as outlined in the learning objectives below. You can also see some preview snapshots of the book at the bottom of this page. Spend an hour or so with your workbook and save hours of typing out references. (edit)

Resource details
Title A Zotero Self-Paced Study Guide
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

Become a Zotero whizz by working through these 5 sections:

  • installing the software/basic features
  • searching, sorting, reports and creating bibliographies
  • Zotero and Word - citations and reference lists
  • backing up and importing/exporting
  • further features and cool functions
Format / structure

Online workbook

Age of students / grade
Table of contents
Additional Resources/material needed

If you are planning to run a workshop on the basis of this study guide, see Zotero workshop.

Useful information
Related ORBIT Wiki Resources
Other (e.g. time frame)
Files and resources to view and download

The workbook is available in two formats:


Dr Bethan Morgan, Dr Sara Hennessy, Dr Bjoern Hassler, and the Faculty of Education Library Team


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