Zotero

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 8 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1.8
File Size:
3.52MB
Date Added:
June 19, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
23,529
Downloads Last Week:
10
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Firefox extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Firefox browser.

Editors' review

Keep all of your online and offline citations and notes nicely organized, just allow yourself some extra time to get the hang of this Firefox add-on.

Zotero's user interface can be activated by either a hot-key combo or by clicking on the status-bar icon. A three-paned screen takes up half of your browser screen, but you can choose to display it under your browser window or expand it to take up the entire screen. We spent some time trying to figure out the program; it's not immediately intuitive. You can definitely cut down your learning curve by taking advantage of the tutorial. Once we got going, we were quickly adding entire pages, specific text, and taking snapshots of Web material to organize into collections. We were able to add notes and even attach Word and Excel documents to specific items in the collection folders. The highlighter tool is a handy addition for noting key sections in saved Web pages. You also can add notes on the side of the page, much as you would with hard-copy research.

This free tool is perfect for students and teachers, but also for anyone looking to keep track of important information found on the Web.

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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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    5.0

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    • 5 star: 1
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  • 5 stars

    "Powerful, Effective, Extensive Plugin Support."

    August 12, 2011   |   By son0fhobs

    Version: Zotero 2.1.8

    Pros

    It rocks. It's a great way to collect information, resources, and do it quickely and effectively. It has an amazing tagging system, automatic bibliographic setup, notes, attachements, etc.

    Cons

    Although an intuitive interface, any program this powerful will take a bit to learn, and use effectively. But I'm talking take ten minutes to get the hang of it, not much longer.

    Summary

    It's powerful flexible, and extensible. I don't even use it for scholarly research or bibloigraphic notations, and it's still incredibly useful! There's tons of plugins to extend features, and the program is well maintained and updated. I haven't tried every tool of the sort in this area, but of the several I tried, this seemed the most thorough, effective, powerful, and flexible.

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