Monday, September 1, 2008

Zotero Reference Manager

Assembling references for the thesis was a nightmare, early on I realised that I just couldn't cope with manual methods, so I looked into a variety of reference managers. Fortunately for me I found an open source reference manager that is easy to use and has really useful utilities. At the end of my research I could insert accurate references and a bibliography automatically from my Zotero Reference manager.

[zoh-TAIR-oh] is a Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Main Features

minicon_book Automatic capture of citation information from web pages
minicon_snapshot Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
minicon_note Flexible notetaking with autosave
minicon_smartfolder Fast, as-you-type search through your materials
minicon_library Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches (smart collections) and tags
minicon_palette Platform for new forms of digital research that can be extended with other web tools and services
minicon_firefox Runs in your web browser
minicon_export Formatted citation export (style list to grow rapidly)
minicon_tux Free and open source
page_edit Integration with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice
Saves records and notes in any language; interface available in over 30 languages
wordpress Integration with WordPress and other blogging software

The next version will have the following utilities:
Remote library backup
Advanced search and data mining tools
Access to your library from anywhere via the web
Thank you Zotero!

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