Pedagogy Toolkitfor English
Community-driven resources for digital pedagogy in composition, rhetoric, and literature.


Start teaching with Zotero


Zotero is an open source tool used to store, cite, and share research material. Zotero can pull a variety of electronic sources and grab content from the web with a single click. Working with the tool, researchers can create a personal research archive, generate citation material, create collaborative bibliographic records online, and much more.


Read the documentation for Zotero here.

Suggested Activities

Introduction to Zotero

The Ballod Library hosts a lesson plan for introducing students to Zotero. This lesson teaches students how to incorporate Zotero into their research, recognize different types of sources, edit bibliographic information, and manage their Zotero account. It was created by Lauren Bradley, Andrea Daniele, and Liza Oldham and is adaptable to a variety of students and course levels.

Read the lesson plan and Download the Lesson Plan Worksheet

Web research exercise

Ask students to collect, evaluate, and compare web-based resources using Zotero. Using the tool to pair citation with evaluation of content will help students build digital literacy to parse rich sources from content farms and the like.

A collaborative class reading list

Use Zotero Groups to build a collaborative class library with students. Transforming the work of amassing and citing sources into a social knowledge creation project invites students to build valuable clusters of sources, rather than focus primarily on formatting conventions.


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Grant funding provided by The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) and the University of Victoria Learning and Teaching Centre. Pedagogy Toolkit is the result of a teaching development project in the English Department at the University of Victoria. This project is developed by Alex Christie with Jekyll and GitHub Pages.