Zotero review

Posted on January 3, 2012 by

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“Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself”. Zotero is basically a citation manager that works as an extension for the web-browser Firefox and is “designed to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books and articles”(Zotero.org).

Zotero has many tools that make researching a one stop destination. It allows for easy storage, note taking, and citation of online sources without leaving the article and tediously  cutting and pasting information into a separate word processor. Important information such as document title and author are provided in an easy to pull up, in window menu for citing sources. For people who don’t own their own computers and have to mess around with e-mailing or had writing references down, put down your pen. With Zotero’s online syncing, you can access your references anywhere you have internet and firefox to work with.

First looks at this program is honestly overwhelming. There are so many tools to use that simply tagging a web article is just scratching the surface of the maximum capacity of Zotero. However after using the plugin for several minutes and the help of “how to” guides provided on the Zotero website, zotero.org, using the plugin was painless. If you are not a Firefox user then this plugin will be unavailable for you. However firefox is available for free online and is competitive with any other web-browser. A side note while downloading, you need to be using Firefox to downloading the plugin or the program will not run.

If you are a manual citer who goes to the paper pocket style manual for citation,  then this plug in is not for you. If you really dislike firefox, zotero is not for you. however the easy to use, in screen display allows for easy direct citation and general note taking.  For initial research this was a great tool to use, however I did end up copy pasting my information from zotero to a word processor for organization into my paper. Overall a good tool for research, which is what Zotero is proposed to do.

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