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Zotero is a reference management software. It offers users a powerful and easy-to-use tool enabling them to collect, cite, organize, and share research sources. It was released in 2006 and was developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. In this article, we discuss some of the software’s key features, as well as some additional information.
Here are some of the main features of the Zotero app:
Collect: thanks to a single and searchable interface, the application can find any document you are searching for on the Internet. You can find them whether they are images, video or audio files, web pages, PDF, snapshots, or other documents.
Organize: Zotero works like iTunes playlists. Once you have the result of your search, the tool can manage them according to your needs. Users are allowed to create small collections and sub-collections. It is integrated with a keyword tagger that enables users to filter the library at any time.
Cite: This feature enables users to create endnotes, bibliographies, and in-text citations once the result of the search is found. It is possible to create citations in OpenOffice and Word. Zotero supports thousands of publication formats. If you use the application, you can add tags, notes, attachments, and also your own metadata.
Share: Another great thing about Zotero is the possibility to collaborate with your colleagues or share a library with your students.
How to use Zotero?
This software has a user-friendly interface that doesn’t require any particular knowledge in computer science. However, if you are not sure where to start, you can always follow the official tutorials.
Zotero vs Mendeley
Choosing between the two software depends on your needs and personal style. For example, they are both free but they charge users for additional free space. This being said, Mendeley comes with 2GB of cloud storage, whereas Zotero offers 300MB of cloud storage.
Mendeley makes working with PDFs easier (easy info extraction, PDF full-text search-ability, very suitable for sciences) but Zotero can archive web pages and import citations from different sites (Amazon, Flickr, and ArtSTOR).
Is Zotero safe?
Is Zotero free?
You can use this software for free. However, there may be some charges for additional storage space.
For the Zotero download, click on the green button at the top of the page.
Zotero Chrome Extension
You can also get the Zotero Chrome connector.
This version is compatible with Windows 7 and later;
Other operating systems
Zotero is also available for:
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- Microsoft Teams
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- Smart Notebook
- Microsoft OneNote
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- Simple Sticky Notes
- Solid Explorer
- MindNode 6
- Google Calendar