Importing & Managing Bibliographic References with Zotero, the open source alternative to Endnote or Refworks…

For those of you fond of open source option, Zotero is a cool research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from “The New York Times”, or a book from your university library, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites. Zotero 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.

All you need to do is to go to zotero.org download it onto your computer and once you have installed it in your computer(make sure to choose the right one for your operating system Mac, PC…) you can start adding the papers you want.

It acts a little like an iTunes playlist. Most of you already have iTunes and know well what I am talking about here. It is a great way to put your files together.

Zotero organizes your research into collections like in music genders that can be added later to any number of named collections and subcollections, which in turn can be organized however you like. With saved searches, you can create smart collections that automatically fill with relevant materials as you add them to your library. It includes (if you want) an Icon to your browser and simply clicking there you can add info to your bibliography while you are surfing the web.This is our gropu,

One of its best features is groups tool to share any sort of references. Know here how it works and practise by adding new references to our own group:

Other features are :

  • People (Your can find users from diferent disciplines, find yours!)
  • Documentation, with written tutorials about this tool.
  • Forums to find more help about this tool

It takes a little practise at first, but once you get started it is a very useful tool.

Thanks William for your help!

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5 thoughts on “Importing & Managing Bibliographic References with Zotero, the open source alternative to Endnote or Refworks…

      1. Right, I’ve found the group and joined it. Thanks.
        By the way, This is a tutorial to get started with Zotero.

  1. It sounds interesting, but, as you told us in the pdf activity, I’ll try to get familiar with Mendeley first and then, step by step, I’ll go over to Zotero.

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