Zotero

Zotero is a citation tool. It reminded me of Easy Bib. You have to download Zotero, which takes a minute. When I launched it, I found it more confusing to use than Easy Bib. The interface does not appear user friendly. I had to look at a tutorial video to figure out what was going on. There was supposed to be a blue book that appeared along with the website URL to use with Zotero, but I could not get that feature to work for me.

Zotero also  “collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you’re looking for with just a few keystrokes.” Those features sound useful for someone doing research. Here’s someone commenting on Zotero from http://at.blogs.wm.edu, “I had also used Zotero off and on.  Zotero was the tool that I kept returning to, and what I use now for my dissertation research.”

Zotero has an iTunes like interface.  It has internet forums. You can also join and create research groups on Zotero. It also automatically synchronizes your data across as many devices as you choose to synchronize it with. Zotero claims that it’s “a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources”. While Zotero does seem like a useful tool to use, I had difficulty trying to set it up correctly.

2 thoughts on “Zotero”

  1. Zotero sounds like it is worth the exploration. As a person who frequents the Easy Bib site Zotero would be a valuable resource for citation. I may be a little reluctant to make that my primary citation engine considering its complexity. Furthermore, It seems as though the trouble of setting up the Zotero and learning to use it is not worth its consequent usefulness.

  2. From this blog post, Zotero seems like a more thorough EasyBib, which is a pretty basic site and not entirely dependable for proper citations. Looking at the site myself, I really liked the feature to save sources for easy access later in an attempt for organized research; this really differs it from EasyBib. However, I don’t really understand the point of the discussion feature? It seems like its an unnecessary and tedious component.

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