1. Manage Your Articles with Zotero: Your first step to making your life easier is to get yourself set up with Zotero, which will allow you to manage the articles that you find, collect them into folders, export them into bibliographies. If you have not yet installed Zotero, please do so now. Note that you have the option of choosing a Firefox plug-in, OR running "Zotero standalone" which is a separate app that can talk to one of three browsers: Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. In either case, it is a TWO STEP process to download Zotero. If you choose the Firefox plug-in, you must first download Zotero itself (1), and then download the Plugin for Word or LibreOffice (2). If you choose the Standalone app, you must first download the app (1), and then download the browser extension for the browser you want to use (2).
Screenshot of Zotero.org/download, indicating the two steps that must be taken to fully download Zotero, depending on which option you choose to install.
Once you have Zotero fully installed and open, open up Microsoft Word and verify that the Zotero add-in is available. You will likely need to restart Word if you already had it open while you were downloading the plug-ins. Note that this may look different depending on whether you have a Mac or a PC, and which version of Word you have. It may look like a little floating toolbar, or it may appear in the 'scroll' menu in some Macs.
Finally, go to Zotero.org and register for a free account. You will need to choose a username and password, then complete the email verification process.
After you've verified your account, go to the 'settings' icon in your Zotero library, go into the Preferences menu, select the 'Sync' menu, and ensure that your username and password are filled in so that your library will automatically sync.
Click the link below to access ACS Publications (all of the journals published by the American Chemical Society).Pick a journal, scroll through the recent issues, and pick an article which interests you. Import the article into your Zotero library by clicking the ‘import into Zotero’ icon. Pay attention to which page you need to be on in order to import the article....if you're on the 'PDF Viewer' will it let you import the article?
Once you have imported at least four articles into your Zotero library, create a folder called “Bibliography Research Skills Practice” and add your articles to that folder by dragging them from the library and dropping them into the folder. Then create a second folder and name it whatever you'd like, and add some (but not all!) of the articles to that folder. Notice how items will always stay in your Zotero library, but can be added to as many folders as you want.
See image below for the places to (1) to insert a citation for an item from your Zotero library (2). Then, make some space on your page and insert the bibliography (3).
Select one of the articles which you have imported into your Zotero library and search for it in Google Scholar, then answer the following questions: