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Research 2

Course Number: SK615

Subject: Social Work


This guide accompanies an in-class workshop about methods for secondary research, specifically citation management.

OBJECTIVE: get started using software (Zotero) to manage your sources.


Secondary Research

  • Secondary research = how you identify and work with existing studies.
    • E.g. doing a literature review.


  • Methods for secondary research = the strategies, processes, techniques, and tools you use to identify and work with existing studies. Methods need to fit the project goals.
    • E.g. where you store sources while doing a comprehensive literature review.


Question: How do you share articles for a group literature review?


Citation Management

This is the part of your methods for secondary research that involves planning how to deal with all the articles, books, reports, etc., you want to track and save.

In any project, you wouldn't want to collect lots of data without having a plan for how to store and access it.

  • Saves time.
  • Facilitates topic development.
  • Keeps you accountable.


Citation management means planning how to collect, organize, access, cite, and share your sources.


Software to Manage Sources

  • Zotero is a free tool.
    • Manage all sources in one place.
    • Create folders and subfolders for projects.
    • Store, read, annotate PDFs.
    • Save screenshots from websites.
    • Access sources from any browser.
    • Create group libraries.
    • Create and update in-text citations and references automatically.


Citing with Zotero


Getting Started with Zotero

  1. Go to Zotero
  2. Register for a free account.
  3. Click the download button.
  4. Download the Zotero app.
  5. Download the Zotero connector.


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