EdTech 501: Week 9 Zotero Library Assignment

EdTech Week 9 Assignments

Week 9: Monday-Tuesday | Learning Zotero

 There are now many useful and free tools available to conduct research online. In this course you will search for and document resources that can support the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Remember, just saying technology is good for students isn’t enough–you need to back up your statements with empirical studies.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply expert Google search skills in locating research and other information.
  • Apply Zotero skills in adding, organizing, and creating bibliographic references.

This week you will spend time learning how to use Zotero (http://zotero.org), a very powerful Firefox plugin. Therefore, you will need to have Firefox installed on your computer to begin with.

Helpful Advice: If you have never used Zotero before, plan on spending some time investigating the software, the interface, saving different types of resources, and setting your preferences. In the past, students who had the most difficulties with Zotero simply did not spend the time learning about it and how to use it.

Need Help? Post your questions to our Zotero Help forum.

Your TO DO List

1. Construct Effective Searches and Use Your Computer Efficiently

Review this excellent info graphic below and discover what you might be lacking in constructing your Google search terms. You might want to use this in your own classroom in a lesson plan on how to conduct online searches and create effective queries.
Created by: HackCollege

2. Explore Zotero

  1. View the video below about how to get started with Zotero.
  2. Go to http://zotero.org and watch other videos on the home page.
  3. View the Zotero screencast tutorials as needed on http://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials
  4. Download and read through the Zotero Guide as needed (published by George Mason University.)

3. Install Zotero on your computer

  1. Install latest version of Firefox if you don’t have it already: http://getfirefox.com
  2. Download and install the Zotero add-on (http://zotero.org) to your Firefox browser (download the latest stable version).
  3. Create a Zotero account: https://www.zotero.org/user/register
  4. Practice using Zotero and discover how you might use it.

4. Optional: Explore new mobile options for Zotero

There are new options for iPhone and Android devices, enabling you to add resources to and access your Zotero library on a mobile device. Read this page for more information:


Week 9: Wednesday-Sunday | Zotero Library Assignment

You have had time to install and practice using Zotero. Next you will identify at least five resources that support the use of technology in education. Make sure you identify peer-reviewed articles from reputable journals.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least five (5) peer-reviewed research articles that support the use of technology in education, saving them to your personal Zotero library.
  • Apply searching techniques using Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com), Albertsons Library at Boise State (http://library.boisestate.edu), and Albertsons Library Guides (http://guides.boisestate.edu/edtech).
  • Apply APA formatting to your five (5) research articles using Zotero’s automatic formatting.

Your TO TO List

1. View Video

View the following video on how to set your references in Google Scholar to work with your Boise State library account to more easily access resources:

 2. Search for research studies and save to your Zotero library

  1. Use Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com), Albertsons Library (http://library.boisestate.edu), and Albertsons Library Guides for EDTECH (http://guides.boisestate.edu/edtech) article databases to search for peer-reviewed research articles that support the use of technology in education.

When you conduct a search using Albertsons Library, you can filter your search to include only peer-reviewed articles. Here is more information on what a peer-reviewed article is:http://www.lib.utexas.edu/lsl/help/modules/peer.html

  1. Review the ISTE CARET site to search for articles: http://caret.iste.org (Please be aware that some of these resources can be dated.)
  2. Make sure you are logged in to Albertsons Library (http://library.boisestate.edu) when accessing Google Scholar after setting your preferences in Scholar. That way, you can access and download resources more easily.
  3. Identify at least five peer-reviewed research articles from reputable journals and save them to your Zotero library.
  4. Set your Zotero Preferences to automatically use American Psychological Association 6th Edition as your Default Output Format. Click the little cogwheel in the Zotero panel and select “Preferences.”
  5. Select the “Export” tab and then click the drop-down box, selecting American Psychological Association 6th Edition. That way, whenever you select resources for Zotero to format, it will always automatically select this style.

  6. Select the 5 resources you located and saved to your Zotero library, right-click, and select “Create bibliography from selected items.” (This formatting is called “bibliography” in Zotero-speak, but is what we refer to as the end of text reference list.)
  7. Select “Copy to clipboard” and make sure you have American Psychological Association selected for the style type.
  8. Check the formatting, to make sure you have corrected anything Zotero misses. Common mistakes are capitalizing all words of titles (Only first word and first word after colon in titles is in upper-case and of course, proper nouns).Also, check the DOI and if Zotero formats it DOI: Article, then either look for the DOI or delete this part. Proof each reference and check with your APA Manual if you have any questions.
  9. Copy and paste your 5 references to the Zotero Library assignment link.

3. Format References

Zotero Library Assignment Rubric

HINT: Get in the habit of always logging in to our Albertsons Library (http://library.boisestate.edu), so that you can (maybe, not always!) access online journals through individual databases, when you are directed there from Google Scholar. Of course, you can also copy part of the article title, go to Albertsons Library databases, select a database, and do a search for that article. You will probably find a full-text copy of the article this way.

TROUBLESHOOTING ZOTERO: If you cannot save resources to your Zotero library and get a “known translator issue” error, read the following troubleshooting guides in Zotero. Usually it’s another Firefox add-on you have that is interfering with Zotero.


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