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Environ 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems

Guide for Professor Zint's ENV 211 class

Create a Account

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By registering for a free account, you'll be able to sync your Zotero library between multiple computers which will allow you to access Zotero from any computer with internet access. You'll also be able to create and join Zotero Groups; a fantastic way to collaborate with colleagues and share your research.

Access your resources by logging in to your account at from any computer, regardless of which web browser you're using. Since all of your resources will be synced up in the cloud, you'll be able to edit, manage, and create new Zotero library items at


Collaboration and Groups

Using Zotero to work collaboratively with colleagues and to share your research sources with the world is easy using Zotero Groups.

To join a Zotero Group, make sure you're logged in at Click on the Groups tab > click on Join Environ 211.


1.  Log in and go to the “Groups” tab (if you wish to use this tool for other classes or research, use “My Library,” but for this class, all references need to be entered directly into the group page. In the “Groups” tab you will see “ENVIRON211” listed as one of your groups.

2. Click on “Groups Library.” IMPORTANT: Do not click on any of the other options within “ENVIRON211,” as this may affect settings for the group.

3. On the right, you will see the full library for “ENVIRON211.”

4. On the left, you will see different folders that help organize the library. The first set of folders you see are the University sustainability themes. Click on any of

the themes to see a list of past and current Environ211 project topics within that theme. As you can see, these projects are labeled by topic and semester in

which they were completed. Within each folder are the references used for each project. For an example, check out “Bike Sharing (Winter 2013)” in “Climate

Action” or “Meatless Meals (Winter 2013)” in “Healthy Environments.” Your group’s project already has a folder, so you will be adding your references there.

5. On the bottom left of the screen you will see a section for “Tags.” If you click on the “Higher Education” tag, only references that have higher education content will show up in the library (You will learn how to tag your references later).



Adding and Editing Citations

Add items to your account using the Green plus sign.  Make sure to select the correct item type.