As students progress in their academic journeys from middle school to high school to college and beyond, they are increasingly expected to reference outside sources when writing papers. When writing these types of papers, one of the hardest parts can be finding scholarly sources, organizing them, and citing them. Last week I learned about a solution to these problems from an English literature PhD student at Fordham University. Zotero is a remarkable and free website that lets you collect, arrange, cite, and share your sources. Zotero is added to your browser, so any time you find a quality research resource, you can add it to Zotero with the click of a button. Your sources are then organized much like iTunes playlists, with folders and subfolders, which you can organize as you please. Assigning tags to key terms in your sources adds another level of organization to your paper writing process. When it comes to citing, Zotero will create footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies in whatever format you need.
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