Social Sciences Librarians Boot Camp 2012: Zotero and Mendeley

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From a brief presentation at the 2012 Social Sciences Librarians Boot Camp at Tufts University, Medford, MA.

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Social Sciences Librarians Boot Camp 2012: Zotero and Mendeley

  1. 1. Zotero & Mendeley Amanda Izenstark amanda@uri.eduSocial Sciences Librarian Bootcamp June 1, 2012
  2. 2. • Overview• Comparing Zotero & Mendeley• Hands on with Zotero web• Hands on with Mendeley web• Experienced users: Favorite features?• Caveats
  3. 3. Overview• Not free - "freemium" • Zotero: up to 100 MB free; 1 GB $20/year and up • Mendeley: up to 1 GB free; $4.99/mo and up• More than just citation generators • Zotero: "personal research assistant" • Mendeley: "reference manager and academic social network"
  4. 4. Zotero: ComponentsOnce only a Firefox plugin; data stored locally.Now:• Plugins for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome• Standalone client for Mac, Windows, and Linux• Sync to cloud; web-interface available.Details at www.zotero.org/support/3.0
  5. 5. Mendeley: Components• "Web Importer" bookmarklet for adding browser-based material to library• Standalone client• Cloud sync and storage• iPad and iPhone apps
  6. 6. Sharing in ZoteroSharing with collaborative groups: classes, common interestsSimple read-only personal library and folder sharing• www.zotero.org/amanda• www.zotero.org/amanda/items/collectionKey /5S7WUEH8
  7. 7. Sharing in MendeleyProfile does not link to library• www.mendeley.com/profiles/amanda-izenstark/Sharing folders• Using desktop client, yes.• Via web, not at this time.Instead, try a group• http://www.mendeley.com/groups/2126423/critical- perspectives-on-educational-technology/papers/
  8. 8. Zotero’s Web Features zotero.org
  9. 9. Mendeley’s Web Features mendeley.com
  10. 10. Where the Rubber Hits the Road, Part 1:Citations & Bibliographies in Zotero
  11. 11. Where the Rubber Hits the Road, Part 2:Citations & Bibliographies in Mendeley
  12. 12. Hands On with Zotero
  13. 13. Try Zotero• Install Firefox plugin• Locate items to add to your library: • Article: “What‟s Skill Got to Do With It?” • Article: “Whatever Happened to „Always Cite the Source‟?” • Book: “Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning” • Differences between ALA Store & WorldCat?• Set up an account: zotero.org
  14. 14. Hands On with Mendeley
  15. 15. Try Mendeley• Set up an account: mendeley.com• Install Web Importer• Locate items, add to your library using importer: • Article: “What‟s Skill Got to Do With It?” • Article: “Whatever Happened to „Always Cite the Source‟?” • Book: “Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning” • Differences between ALA Store & WorldCat?
  16. 16. Experienced Users: What do you use?What do you love about it?
  17. 17. Caveats• Too much for the novice user?• Anecdotal reports of Firefox upgrades wiping Zotero libraries• Potential conflicts with library databases• Work with some link resolvers (EZproxy), but not all (IIIs WAM)• Cite-as-you-write features not intended for public computers
  18. 18. Questions?
  19. 19. Thank you! Amanda Izenstark amanda@uri.eduSocial Sciences Librarian Bootcamp June 1, 2012

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