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MHS Library | Extended Investigation (VCE)

Setup - 5 to 10 minutes


I have downloaded the application, and added the extension to Chrome

 Click here to be taken to the download page.


I have gone to the Zotero web-page, created an account (verified the account) and added a folder called EI - you can add sub-folders of your choice as you progress through your research.


I have opened the Zotero application on my computer, selected "Edit" "Preferences"

MHS recommends APA  - when referencing being consistent with the style you choose is the important thing.

I have ticked the option to include url in the citation, as this is important for allowing anyone reading your research to be able to trace your information to the source.

Finally select "OK"



If I want to use Zotero on multiple devices - use this syncing information 

The basic uses for EI are given in the tutorials below.

Or how to use Zotero you can follow the guides made by Zotero


Adding files manually

As the majority of the sources of information you find will be from databases, you will need to download the articles from the databases and add them in Zotero.

I created a system of sub-folders based on the combination of keywords I was searching; but you can choose any sub-folder system that works for you.

I added the article by copying and pasting the title, linking a file and copy&pasting the citation for the article in my Notes.


Reading and note-taking

After I have located several relevant articles I will now work on (deep) reading through the articles and taking notes.

I have created a new Notes with quotes and included the page number of the quote.

I created some Tags on key terms used in the article.

How many Notes or Tags you choose to create is up to you.

As you read through the articles, try using the Related tab to add connections between the articles.

Hint; don't forget to open your download article in word, so you can access copy&paste functions.

It is easy to move articles between the folders you have created - so start adding your articles with citations, start reading and note-taking.

Zotero FREE STORAGE - 300MB which will allow you 100+ articles with Notes, Tags and Citations

Zotero now installs word processor plug ins for the supported word processing programs on installation; Word and Google Docs

Once you have installed Zotero you should see the Zotero toolbar in Word:Open a Word document and click on the 'Zotero' tab in Word:

When you open Google Docs in a browser that has a Zotero connector installed, you will see a Zotero option added to your menu.

To add a citation to your document, you can choose "Add/edit citation" from the menu or click on the Z button in the Google Docs toolbar. You will be prompted to choose your citation style. Choose APA. The syncing time between Google Docs and Zotero is slow.