What is Zotero?
- An extension for the Firefox web-browser.
- It runs in its own pane within Firefox, separately from web pages.
- Sets up a "Library" of references (called "items") on your hard drive. Users can attach files, notes, and/or links to individual items. Particularly good at gleaning information from the Internet as you research online.
To Get Started
- Go to your Firefox browser and download the Zotero extension (a small bit of software that works with Firefox).
- Restart Firefox. You should see the Zotero logoin the bottom right corner of your Firefox window.
- Take the Video Tour and learn the basics.
- If Zotero will "capture" reference info it finds on Websites and save it, sometimes also saving attachments, such as full-text pdfs.
- Importing an RIS file from a database, etc.
- Saving very basic data about a Webpage.
- Searching the Web for source information based on a pdf file you already have on your computer.
- Searching the Web for source information according to a DOI number, an ISBN number, etc.
- Manually entering references.
Using Zotero's Word Processor Plugins
A software add-on for your word processor program (like Word or Google Docs) -- Insert citations in your document as you write & auto-generate a bibliography.