Zotero

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

Version:
2.1.10
File Size:
3.52MB
Date Added:
September 22, 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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  • 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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  • 4 stars

    "The best bibliography tool around at the moment"

    February 11, 2009   |   By ex_boy

    Version: Zotero 1.07

    Pros

    Zotero is the best bibliography tool around, much more functional than the non-free competitors. Importing bibliographical info from journal web-sites is extremely easy and works very well.

    Cons

    Creating your own citation styles can be tricky

    Summary

    Installing Zotero is really easy, importing references from web-resources works surprisingly well. Integration with MS Word and Openoffice is flawless. The available tools for editing your own styles are still very basic, although there are quite a few styles available on the program website.

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  • 4 stars

    "Excellent! Perfect compliment to online research."

    September 14, 2008   |   By tex_buckhaults

    Version: Zotero 1.07

    Pros

    Zotero gets all the information I used to take down by hand, or by copy and paste and organizes it much better than I could ever do manually.

    Cons

    I may not have figured out how to do this yet, but if I could choose the style or format in either APA, MLA or Turabian.

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  • 5 stars

    "excellent - no student should work without this"

    August 11, 2008   |   By bluemchen0815

    Version: Zotero 1.07

    Pros

    This is exactly what I have been looking for for a long time now - and it's FREE!!!!

    I'm currently writing my thesis and this program saves me a lot of time and tiresome work!

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  • 2 stars

    "Looks good, but web-install only is bad."

    August 09, 2008   |   By Doctor Entropy

    Version: Zotero 1.07

    Pros

    Functionality looks great.

    Cons

    Don't like the network install. (You can download the XPI file from zotero.org. It's a bit of a trip to get there via the links.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Outliner software I have used..."

    August 09, 2008   |   By duanermc

    Version: Zotero 1.07

    Pros

    and I have tried a bunch. I use it a lot for recipes. You can link related recipe together. For instance, a cake recipe and icing recipe. Or a meat recipe and a sauce for it.

    Cons

    Only for Firefox.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy and free"

    August 01, 2008   |   By SusanOT

    Version: Zotero 1.07

    Pros

    I like how it zips biblio info into your Zotero library with one click. It allows you to organize your websites and web documents into folders. It saves time and you can mark up your documents, type notes, etc. You can even download book info from Amazon.com - you should take time to learn from Zotero's website ... they have tutorials and a help forum.

    Cons

    There are a few bugs where the cite while you write feature doesn't quite do the citation style I need, but I just manually fix it. I also have to fix some bugs in the bibliography/references list, but still I think it saves me time overall.

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  • 4 stars

    "Pretty cool"

    October 13, 2007   |   By SusanOT

    Version: Zotero 1.0 RC3

    Pros

    Beyond organizing websites and documents into folders, it allows you to type in notes for anything, so you can write down why you saved that website or article!

    Cons

    It took me awhile to figure out how to add items in even though I watched the tutorial. I'm sure I'll get better with experience.

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