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Brian's Class Materials- SPRING 2008 - SEYS 778


Help with References

New Technology Tools can help you manage the references for your papers and projects

With the magical tools below, collecting, storing and managing your references from any computer will be much easier.  

A Little Demonstration...

Create a Bibliography in Seconds in any Format You Wish Using Zotero
  1. Click on Zotero in the lower right of the Firefox web browser
  2. In the center column, ctrl click to select the items you want from a collection.
  3. Right click (or control click on Macs), and then select "Create bibliography from selected items"
  4. Select "Copy to clipboard" and APA 6th Edition.
  5. Open up a Word or Open Office document and paste.
  6. Voila, instant Bibliography!

Here is how you can do the same thing, from ANY computer!

Install PortableApps and Zotero, sign up for a Zotero account, and view the video introduction
  1. Download and install PortableApps onto a portable USB flash drive -
  2. Launch PortableApps, then launch Firefox
  3. Visit Zotero, sign up for a free account, and download and install Zotero 2.0 Beta
  4. View the video introduction to Zotero
Carry out a Search and Collect References
  1. Use Firefox to visit Google Scholar
  2. Login to the CUNY portal at  The reason you should log into the portal is that Google Scholar may provide links to full-text documents that you can obtain through the library.  You can then attach these pdf files to your references.  
  3. Do a search on your topic.
  4. You should see a small folder icon  folder iconat the right of  the search box  near the top of Firefox.  If you are looking at a single book reference you will see a small blue book icon instead.  
  5. Click on the folder icon.  You will see a list of all of the references on the page.  Click the checkboxes of the references you wish to save.  You can also add references manually.  
View, Organize, Tag and Sync your References
  1. Make sure that you sign in to your Zotero account.  Choose to save your references on Zotero's server.
  2. Click on the Zotero icon Zotero iconin the lower right corner of the Firefox web browser.  An Itunes like interface will open up.  You should now see all of your references.  You can create new folders and drag and drop references and even documents into the folders.  You can also tag your references with key words so that it is easy to find and organize them.  
  3. Click on the gear icon  Zotero gear icon.  This is where you can change settings for your account.  
  4. Click on Preferences, Select Export, Select the default export format, e.g. APA, Click OK, Select "Export library", Choose format, e.g. RIS, Open with text editor, or import into other software such as Word.  Now that you have done it the hard way, you can also drag and drop references from Zotero right into a Word document.  You can then even drag the Word document into a Zotero folder. 
  5. Finally you can sync all of your Zotero references and files with the Zotero server.  This will allow you to sync your materials with Firefox on other computers.  Click on the blue rotating arrow sync  icon sync iconon the right side of the Zotero menu.
Always Backup your Zotero materials

  1. Information on how to backup your Zotero materials can be found at the following link:


Sharing your references with the research community using Connotea

  1. Sign up for a Connotea account at
  2. Login and explore.  
  3. Find your file of exported references and import it into Connotea.  
  4. Add tags to your references.
  5. Create a group.
  6. Join the QC-SEYS777-778 group.

You need to shut down PortableApps by right clicking on the icon in the lower right of the screen, BEFORE you safely eject your USB Flash drive.