EdTech 501: Week 10, Zotero Group Library

You now know how to research using Google Scholar and Albertsons Library for articles supporting the use of technology in education. You also learned how to use Zotero and how to format references. You will continue this research by sharing your research articles and writing notes in the notes feature of Zotero.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify knowledge gaps in APA formatting/style.
  • Collect resources with classmates, using Zotero’s group library.
  • Synthesize research articles, taking notes through Zotero

During this week, you will be researching, saving, and commenting on more studies demonstrating technology’s effectiveness in teaching and learning using a tool you have been practicing with: Zotero (http://zotero.org).

Your TO DO List

1. Review research and APA skills

  1. Meta-Analysis Research Study: You might want to look at and use some of the resources cited by this current study by the U.S. Department of Education (“Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies,” 2009). Here is the PDF file link to the study: http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/eva…report.pdf
  2. Go through this excellent online tutorial http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/tutorial/socialresearchmethods about conducting research in the social sciences. Find out more about how to conduct excellent research and what constitutes a peer-reviewed article.
  3. Read about DOI (Digital Object Identifier) in your APA Manual. Review this online resource http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/ for more information about DOI and how to include it in an article citation. If there is a DOI, then use that instead of the URL. If there is no DOI, then use the URL. And remember, you don’t need to include the date retrieved anymore with a URL. Use the free DOI lookup http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/ to locate a DOI when needed.
  4. Visit our EDTECH Library Guides site at Boise State for information, article database suggestions, and helpful video tutorials: http://guides.boisestate.edu/edtech. Contact any of our reference librarians online for more help.

2. Join our EDTECH 501 Zotero Group Library

  1. Create a username and login with Zotero at http://zotero.org.
  2. Join your section’s Zotero group (see below for group URLs) and then see how this folder is automatically included in your local Zotero library. (You will need to make sure you have added your username and password to the Preferences, Sync tab in Zotero.)
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