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DSD: Kick-starting your literature review
Course Description:

The session aims to help you create a good literature review by leveraging the power of Zotero, Adobe PDF and library sources.

It is essential that before attending, learners have the following software installed on their devices, set up and working:

If you encounter problems installing any of this software you must attend a DSD Drop-in Session to get help before attending.

You will also find it useful to register for a Zotero online account (a free service).

"It will save me so much time when searching, storing and referencing papers in my studies. The trainer was friendly, knowledgeable and had time to answer our individual questions during the session."(UCL staff)

"In particular, learning about the Zotero `report? functionality will be very valuable for me. It will be extremely useful for me moving forward in my literature review process."(UCL staff)


Please ensure you are using Desktop@UCL or the UCL VPN when booking because you need to be on the UCL network to use the system.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to click on the play button under 'My current enrolments' in My Learning to join at the time of the live session. You will also receive an email from ISD containing the direct joining link a day before the session. Please check your junk folder as

The session will cover:
  • installing and using zotero;
  • storing and organising bibliographic data;
  • annotating Zotero entries;
  • creating citations and reference lists;
  • annotating PDF content;
  • generating annotated reports on your reading.
Intended Audience:
This course is aimed at those who wish to understand the tools and techniques that can be used to carry out a literature review.
Target Audience: All
14/12/2022 - 14/12/2022  (Enrol between 31/07/2022 and 12/12/2022) Enrol

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