Zotero for Firefox vs. Standalone Zotero for Firefox Zotero Standalone More reliable import from web No need for Firefox Browser Proxy support Program starts up faster Supports direct import of Faster performance RIS/Refer from web Supports printing and modifying Busy Zotero doesn’t of reports render browser unresponsive Remember it’s possible to install both!
Zotero in an Institutional Environment Three Scenarios:1. Personal Computers or Roaming Proﬁles: Ideal case, batch-install like any other Firefox add-on or software.2. Public computers with log-in, wiped on every log-out: Will need to sync entire library on every log-in: slow for large libraries, but doable.3. Public computers, no log-in: Do not install Zotero. Basic import/edit functionality via bookmarklet/connectors and zotero.org. No CWYW.
Six ways of importing to Zotero Web Translators (URL bar icon) Manual Input or Edit From a bibliographic format (RIS, BibTeX, MARC, etc.) Add by identiﬁer (DOI, ISBN, PMID) Add PDF then Retrieve Metadata Get any Webpage with basic data
Data Quality Matters Things to look for: Completeness Full text attachments Full ﬁrst names Titles in Sentence case For articles: Full Text Database/Publisher>>Google Scholar For books: Most library catalogs > Worldcat > Amazon
Two types of Syncing Data Syncing: Bibliographical data, notes, links (everything that’s in zotero.sqlite ﬁle) Free without data limit (in practice works with up to about 30k items) Always with Zotero Server File Syncing Attachments (PDFs, snapshots, anything else) Free up to 100MB Can be to Zotero Storage or WebDAV server
Zotero Storage vs. WebDAV WebDAV services can be supplied by university IT; a PHP script is available. Also available via 3rd party provided, often for much lower price. Zotero Works smoothly with WebDAV, but many free/cheap commercial WebDAVs aren’t following speciﬁcations Some functionality is only available with Zotero Storage: File access at zotero.org and ﬁle sharing in (closed) groups Under no circumstances should the Zotero database be placed on a network drive or on a synced Dropbox folder