I want to give better instructions about how to get Zotero working and how to get your items into our Zotero group at http://www.zotero.org/groups/hist390-001-2013/items, since it’s a multi-step process. Do also see the Zotero help documentation.
- Download Zotero at http://zotero.org/download. If you use Firefox, you only need to download the Zotero Firefox extension. If you use another browser, you’ll need to download two things: the Zotero stand-alone application AND the Zotero browser extension for your browser: Zotero extension for Chrome or Zotero extension for Safari. If you use Internet Explorer, your only choice is to install a bookmarklet. If you have a Chromebook, you can use Zotero with just the Zotero browser extension for Chrome or the, although it might be a little buggy, or use the bookmarklet.
- Install the standalone application and/or make sure that your browser has the extension (also known as an “add-on”) installed; you might need to restart your browser.
- Sign up for an account at zotero.org by going to https://www.zotero.org/user/register/.
- Log in to zotero.org with your account at https://www.zotero.org/user/login/
- Join our Zotero group by going to https://www.zotero.org/groups/hist390-001-2013 and clicking the “Join Group” button. The “Join Group” button will only appear if you are logged in to zotero.org.
- Open the Zotero application on your computer and find the Preferences with the little gear icon. Enter your zotero.org username and password and click OK to ensure that your materials sync to zotero.org and that your Group membership shows up on your computer. See https://www.zotero.org/support/preferences/sync for fuller instructions.
- Use the browser icon to save sources to your Zotero library or enter them manually. Drag any books, articles, and so on in your own Zotero library to the folder in our Group library with your last name.
If you have any trouble, first look around in the help documentation on zotero.org at https://www.zotero.org/support/. If you can’t find what you need, email me.
Here are 57 questions from which the 50 questions on Exam #2 will be taken. All the answers should be available from the study guides posted in the Research Skills Unit category on this site; if you don’t find those resources helpful, do some searching on the web, and when you find a helpful site, post it to the course’s Diigo group.
What is a library catalog?
What is a call number?
What is MARC?
What does MARC stand for?
What is a proxy server?
What is a primary source?
What is a secondary source?
Give an example of a primary source.
Give an example of a secondary source.
When would you want to use primary sources instead of secondary sources for your research?
What is an e-journal?
What is a pre-print?
What is peer review?
Why is it important to know if a journal is peer-reviewed?
What are the two widely used book classification systems?
What is ILL?
What does the acronym ILL stand for?
Name two of the Five Pillars of Wikipedia.
Describe how you would correct an error on Wikipedia.
What is metadata?
What is bibliographic metadata?
What is crowdsourcing?
What is a codex?
What is WorldCat?
Who is one of the founders of Wikipedia?
What is a wiki?
What is an ISBN?
What is a plug-in?
Name a search engine that isn’t Google.
What is an algorithm?
What does it mean to “crawl” or “spider” the web?
What is MediaWiki?
What is Wikimedia?
What is an ISBN?
What is OCR?
What does the acronym OCR stand for?
What is a codex?
What is DRM?
What does the acronym DRM stand for?
Give an example of an ebook file extension.
What is HathiTrust.org?
What is Google Books?
What is Duck Duck Go?
What is Google Scholar?
What is Project Gutenberg?
How many books (that is, unique editions) have ever been published, roughly?
What symbol do you use to indicate “NOT” in a Google search?
What is Wolfram Alpha?
What is Zotero used for?
What is a periodical?
What is Google News?
What is Google Images?
What is ProQuest Historical Newspapers?
What is the ProQuest Research Library?
What is Academic Search complete?
What is JSTOR?
What is America: History and Life?
Please post as a comment to this post your suggestion for a question for Exam #2. The question should 1) be in short-answer format, and 2) cover the materials in the blog posts / study guides posted here under the Research Skills Unit category.
As I mentioned in class today, I want to spend time next week 1) preparing for the second exam, and 2) preparing for your presentations and your final project. I’ve updated the syllabus to that effect. Please be sure to bring your laptop next week, and please be sure to look at the Research Project Planning Form — it’s due by the end of the day on Wednesday, October 9th.