Collecting, Citing and Organizing Sources: Zotero
1. Forward-Looking Assessment -
The Zotero function that auto-generates a bibliography is one that is usually very well-received by students. Thus, a forward-looking assessment could be framed in this way:
Imagine you have just finished writing two papers that are due the next week. One professor would like citations to be in MLA style, and the other professor would like them to be Chicago style. Auto-generate your sources in each of these styles.
Another scenario could be work-related, and pertain to keeping track of sources:
Your supervisor is thinking about starting a social media presence for the company, and has asked you to research on trends in social media marketing, as well as how it affects profit and public relations. In one week, you are to present your findings with a strong argument either for or against developing a social media presence. How will you organize your sources? What kind of notes will you take? What information is necessary to give proper citation to your sources?
2. Criteria & Standards -
One of the main learning goals of the second video will be learning how to use the functionality of Zotero. For the criteria, I will focus on creating a Library with two relevant sources (for their specific interest) and creating notes and tags for each source.
Poor - Students creates a Zotero account, but has zero to one source(s) in their Library. Source(s) have no notes, and sources are not tagged.
Good Performance- Student creates Zotero account, and has one to two sources in their Library. Student has notes that summarize the content of the resource, and tags that reflect the resource subject.
Excellent performance- Student creates Zotero account, and has two or more sources in their Library. Sources are well documented with a summary of source, as well as notes on how it can connect to their research. Tags are complex and used to show subject as well as interdisciplinary connections.
For the Moodle quiz, students can practice self-assessment through built-in questions about how they chose to organize their Library.
- Did you put your sources into a Folder? Why/Why not?
- What notes did you take on your sources?
- Under what categories did you tag your resources? Why?
Self-assessment will be harder for the first video, which deals with the idea of research as a conversation, which is more theoretical. However, students can be encouraged to self-assess by answering questions such as:
- What is the common belief on this topic?
- What new information would I like to add to the conversation?