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BIO 4700 Genetic Engineering - Capstone: Using Zotero

A Biology capstone experience in a seminar format. Students will be expected to read seminal articles, monographs, and books from the scientific literature, prepare synthesis papers.

What is Zotero?




Zotero is a free, open source research tool.  It automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click.


  •  collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files
  • snapshots of web pages
  • organizes your research into collections that act like iTunes playlists
  • creates footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies
  • automatically synchronizes your data across as many devices as you choose. Add to your research library on your work PC, and organize your collections on your home laptop. All of your notes, files, and bibliographic data remain seamlessly up to date
  • allows you to create and join research groups to focus on any topic you choose.

Zotero Documentation Resources are great!

Is Zotero right for you?  There are other citation management products.  Some free, like Zotero, and some for fee.
Here is a good comparison chart from MIT:

More Zotero Tips

For your assignment, you will need to add CSE to your options of Citations Styles. 

You can install styles from the Zotero Style Repository by clicking on the “Get additional styles…” option in the Zotero Style Manager (in the Cite pane of Zotero preferences). Search for Council of Science Editors, and click the style title to install it into Zotero. You can also visit the Zotero Style Repository webpage in Firefox or Chrome with the Zotero Connector plugin installed to install styles directly into Zotero. Choosing the most recent format of the style is best practice.

For additional information in using Zotero, be sure to check out the Zotero Citation Management Workshop Guide. Here are some tips for using Zotero to generate your final Annotated Bibliography.

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Stephanie Bennett
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Appalachian State University
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