Using Zotero to Organize and Annotate Your Family History Research

Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS
Aug 18, 2021
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About this webinar

Keeping track of and organizing our research materials can be overwhelming. Genealogists use a wide variety of sources and reference tools to discover and dig deeper into our family history: historical records, books and periodicals, photos, maps, videos, articles and web pages, reports, databases, digital archives, etc. Zotero is a free research and citation management system heavily used in academia, but it can also be extremely valuable for genealogists whether for their family history research, or for professional publishing and presentations. It is available for both Mac and PC users. Zotero can integrate well with your existing research workflow and organization tools such Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote. What it excels at is letting you apply the same source item and notes to multiple people, families, and projects without having to duplicate those in multiple folders or notebooks.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is an academic librarian, college educator, and tech nerd who has been researching her family history since 1997. She is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at California State University, Fullerton, and also teaches an
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    Annie Delyth Stratton
    3 years ago

    Just found this while checking to see what all I’d missed (2020 & 2021 were a challenge just getting through!). I’ve got a bunch bookmarked, but I got curious about Zotero, and ended up watching the whole thing instead of wrapping Xmas presents! Dynamic presentation. I liked getting an overview like this showing the potential of the entire program. I’ve used a combination of Evernote and local image and document files for years for my research, but it feels a little scattered. Excited by the potential of Zotero to connect things the way I’d like. Got it downloaded and after the holidays, I’ll be checking it out. Especially appealing is being able to add web info on the fly.

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    Dianne Holley
    3 years ago

    Colleen did a great job and needed more time! I look forward to her tech info on Zotero!

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    Adrienne Coleman
    3 years ago

    Informative and useful

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    Rosalyn Dowling
    3 years ago

    Great presentation! Thank you!

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    Jenny Marsden
    3 years ago

    Excellent webinar! This is one that I will want & need to hear over & over—& will enjoy doing so!

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    Graham Lowe
    3 years ago

    This was a very informative presentation and syllabus, however with so much detail, it was impossible to fully grasp it all at once. I will have to re-watch the webinar in segments in order to understand and apply what was taught. I suggest you have Colleen develop a Zotero series for inclusion in Tech Zone.

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      Peggy A Fleischmann
      3 years ago

      I agree with Graham. A TechZone Zotero series would be perfect. I am a very good typist and an almost very good family researcher. But technical items such as new programs and such, leave me in the dark. I too will be going back again and again to her webinar. And, again, a TechZone Zotero series would be absolutely perfect. To Geoff: hint hint hint.

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    Fran Ussery
    3 years ago

    Useful Information

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    Kathie Bennett
    3 years ago

    This was one of the better webinars. Very informative. I had somewhat used Zotero before, but this gave me better perspective on using the program and getting the most out of it.


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