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Getting started with Zotero

Here is the PDF handout (with links) for today’s workshop:




3 thoughts on “Getting started with Zotero

  1. this is a great handout! A couple of comments –
    1. We (as in zotero-devs and people volunteer-writing much of the documentation at zotero.org) try to be very careful to not refer to the collections in Zotero as folders, since they behave differently from folders. A useful analogy for a collection is an itunes playlist or a gmail collection. The same item can be in multiple collections. When you move an item from one collection to another collection, it will be in _both_ collections afterwards. If you modify an item in one collections, those modifications (since it’s the same item) affect it in all collections. If you delete an item from “My Library” it disappears from all collections it’s in. These features of collections can be a great asset organizing your library, but misunderstanding the nature of collections is a frequent source of confusion.
    2. While often syncing can provide a last-resort back-up, it is not recommended to rely on syncing for back-up (as mentioned on the Zotero page on back-ups). For example, changes (including major deletions) can sync to the server before you notice them and you won’t have a back-up. A good back-up system should have some type of version control – think Mac’s “time machine” where you can go back to back-ups at different points in time.
    Any academic user should have an automated and regular back-up running for all her important data.

    Posted by adam3smith | March 9, 2012, 2:04 pm
    • also – sync space is only limited for files – data syncing is free regardless of amount.

      Posted by adam3smith | March 9, 2012, 2:05 pm
      • Thanks so much for taking the time to review the handout and leave a comment. The difference between an iTunes playlist and a folder makes a lot of sense to me. I’ll be sure these adjustments make it into today’s workshop.
        Thanks also for your work on Zotero!

        Posted by techped | March 9, 2012, 2:16 pm

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