Making a case for Zotero: Embedded courses, collaboration, and resources sharing

Mimmo Bonanni, Christina Sullivan

Abstract

Zotero has been one of the preferred citation tools students use for research. The Arizona State University (ASU) Library instructs undergraduates and graduate students on using this tool. Recently, the ASU Library has had librarians and library staff embedded in courses called Humanities Labs. With librarians assisting faculty in these courses, they have provided instruction on platforms and tools such as Zotero and My Maps (a Google platform), enabling students to shine to their fullest. In a Spring 2021 Humanities Lab, the library staff worked with course instructors Jessica Kosak, Enrico Minardi, and Dennita Sewell. In this course, they decided to use the full potential of Zotero to help students create bibliographies for their group projects. The goal was to use Zotero as a tool to collaborate and link their Zotero groups to their final project and then post the projects to Instagram. The point of the connection was to make sure their sources were present so viewers could see where they got their information. By providing the Humanities Lab at ASU with an understanding of the benefits of Zotero, the use of the tool created an excellent case study for its versatility within collaborative courses.

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