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ME 386W- Engineering Design: The Methods

A guide for the Mechanical Engineering junior level writing course


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00:23 How to download and install Zotero
01:23 Overview of Zotero
02:48 Manually adding references to Zotero
03:38 Adding references with an identifier
04:54 Adding references with the Zotero Connector
05:28 How to remove duplicate references
06:01 How to create collections (folders)
06:49 How to add tags
07:46 How to add related references
08:11 How to add notes
08:32 How to use Zotero in Microsoft Word
11:12 How to add/edit citation styles