Here are links that I’ll be going through in front of you all in Friday’s workshop.
Stage One: An Introduction to Some Awesome Databases
Stage Two: Adding Search Extensions and Quick Learning Tips
- Download the Firefox browser
- Let’s add the following extensions
Stage Three: Exploring Digitized Primary Source Resources Online
You have probably used these services before, but advanced searches can help.
Stage Four: Getting Zotero to do the Hard Work for You
- Install Zotero
- Now that we have it installed, let’s try it out. Do a WORLDCAT search from our new extensions and add the book to your database. Do so by clicking on the little book icon that will appear in your search bar.
- Let’s do the same with a journal article. Let’s go into JSTOR, find something, and make sure we add the PDF to our database. You can also download STANDALONE ZOTERO if you want to use Safari or Chrome, and add a custom extension.
- Now let’s get it to talk to Word or OpenOffice. We need to install the relevant plugins. In class, I will show you how to use Zotero to make top-notch citations. This is really helpful for undergraduates especially – you’re taking tons of different classes, so you can easily use this for MLA, Chicago, APA, and other forms of citations.
Stage Five: Profit!
From historical knowledge, which you can now all do more effectively!