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Protection of Conscience Project

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Protection of Conscience
Research Group

Joining the Research Group

1.  Contact the Administrator

You may apply to the Administrator to join the Protection of Conscience Research Group if you have an undergraduate degree and accept the Group's purpose, principles and policies.

Complete and save the fillable pdf application form Email a copy of the form to the Adminstrator.  When the Administrator confirms acceptance of your application, follow the instructions below.

2.  Download and Install Zotero
Registration, usernames and privacy concerns
Zotero registration
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As illustrated by the video below, registering a Zotero account will be necessary in order to access Research Group resources.  Registration requires an account username. You are not required to use your real name as an account username.  If you have privacy concerns, you may may adopt an account username that does not identify you.  (Usernames cannot be changed, except by deleting the Zotero account and re-registering with a new username.)

During the first six minutes, the following webinar explains how to download, install and synchronize Zotero and set up PDF indexing.  Note that synchronization settings for the Research Group must be modified (see next step).


University of Chicago Library Webinar
Downloading, Installation and Basic Functions (15:52 minutes)
3.  Configure Zotero Synchronization

The automatic synchronization settings demonstrated in the webinar above will cause Zotero to upload all citations and attached files, including copyrighted material

To avoid copyright violation, sychronization settings need to be changed to prevent attachments from being automatically uploaded to the Research Group Reference Library.

Instructions

Click on the "Actions" icon (grey gear) to open the dropdown menu.  Select "preferences."

Zotero preferences

Clear the checkbox for "Sync attachment files in group libraries."

Synchronization

If you do not want to upload attached files from your personal library to the Zotero server, also clear the checkbox for "Sync attachments files in My Library".

This does not prevent you from uploading documents when copyright is not an issue, but it prevents automatic synchronization.  (Uploading individual documents will be explained later.)

4.   Join Groups
Zotero-inbox
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You will receive two email invitations from the Administrator  Open each email in turn and follow these instructions for each.  It does not matter which invitation you proceed with first.

Invitation
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The example here illustrates the invitation to join the Protection of Conscience Project Base Library.  Click on the link provided in the email. 
Please log in
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If you are not logged in or not registered with Zotero, you will be asked to do so.  Use the "Log In" or "Register" button in the upper right corner.
Join-Ignore
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Once logged in, you will be presented with "Join" and "Ignore" buttons at the left under the group name.  Click "Join".
Joined
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You are now a member of the Protection of Conscience Project Base Library.  You can leave the group at any time using the button at the lower right.  The number of group members is listed betow this button.  Clicking on this link will take you to a page displaying the group member usernames.
Members
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Protection of Conscience Project Base Library member usernames are displayed and accessible to anyone on the internet. Clicking on a username will take you to a page displaying the Zotero username profile.
Username
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The Zotero username profile provides only the information you choose to provide.  In this example, no information has been provided.  Zotero account usernames do not have be personal names.  If you have privacy concerns, you can choose a name when registering that does not identify you.  Usernames cannot be changed except by deleting the Zotero account and re-registering with a new username.
Follow the same steps to join the Protection of Conscience Research Group.

Next: Access Research Group Libraries and Discussion Threads

 

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