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  • My expertise: use for personal writing projects; teaching as a potential tool in upper-level instruction sessions. I’ve used some of the competing software in various guises.

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  • 1. Mark of Zotero* Two-click citations Chris Strauber Wofford College Library Presented via OPAL, 1/23/08 *with thanks to Scott McLemee and everyone else who used this pun first.
  • 2. The Agenda
    • a reference librarian’s view of Zotero’s reality and potential
    • three short demonstration videos
    • a list of sources to explore further
    • plenty of time for questions
  • 3. Right, Easy, Clear. Pick One .
    • Citation is hard to do, hard to explain
    • A variety of software to manage citations is available
      • computers are stupid but fast
      • citation rules are complex
    • Leading us to...
  • 4. Just Fill Out This Simple Form
  • 5. Just Fill Out This Simple Form #2
  • 6. Just Fill Out This Simple Form # 3
  • 7. Zotero: A Different Approach
    • Zoh-TAIR-oh
    • a citation manager built into a web browser
    • a scholarly tool built by scholar/geeks
      • Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
      • Funded by IMLS and the Mellon Foundation
  • 8. What It Does
    • captures and stores citation information from websites
    • creates references and bibliographies
    • takes notes and saves snapshots
    • does all of this inside the web browser
    • Video 1: Zotero Interface
    • note: citations chosen for entertainment value!
  • 9. What It Does Differently
    • Zotero automates gathering citations
    • Video 2: Zotero Capture
  • 10. What Zotero Recognizes
    • Complete list of sites
    • Library catalogs
      • Innovative, Sirsi-Dynix, Ex Libris
    • Book websites
      • Worldcat, Amazon
    • Subscription databases
      • EBSCO, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Wiley Interscience, etc.
  • 11. What Zotero Recognizes #2
    • Research portals
      • Pubmed, ERIC, arXiv.org, Google Scholar, etc.
    • Media websites
      • Economist, NY Times, The Age, etc.
    • Other websites
      • YouTube, Flickr, CiteULike, Epicurious, others
  • 12. Zotero Citation Styles
    • APA, MLA, and Chicago
    • specialized styles for Nature, IEEE, National Library of Medicine, and others
    • Not 100% perfect
    • other styles can be added by users
      • Journal of Nano-Epidemiology
  • 13. Zotero Bibliographies
    • Three short films about creating bibliographies
    • Video 3: Zotero Citations
  • 14. Extra Features
    • Take notes in any language or alphabet
    • Visualize your references on a timeline
    • Use as an OpenURL resolver
    • Easily import and export your data
  • 15. Infelicities
    • Garbage In, Garbage Out
      • capitalization varies by database
    • Some confusion about multiple contributors
      • author? translator? editor?
    • Website recognition is a moving target
  • 16. What Zotero Doesn’t Do
    • work in any browser but Firefox
    • export in every possible citation style
    • recognize every possible source
    • replace a web-based system like Refworks or Connotea
    • Yet.
  • 17. Why Open-Source Matters
    • Anyone interested can contribute a style or a new website translator
      • note: this is how Refworks does it also
    • The software is independent of the current sponsors
    • Firefox’s open nature is what makes this project possible
  • 18. Future Developments
    • online citation backup and sharing
      • testing to begin Spring 2008
    • sharing of scholarly documents
      • in assoc. with Internet Archive
    • an unusually well-funded project (Young 2007)
  • 19. Summary
    • Zotero is a tool
      • It is one tool among many
      • It is a relatively flexible tool
    • It has serious grant-funding and is developed by scholars
    • It translates PubMed abbreviations into complete journal titles
  • 20. Sources: Works Cited
      • McLemee, Scott. “Mark of Zotero.” Inside Higher Ed.com . 18 Dec 2007 <http://insidehighered.com/views/2007/09/26/mclemee>.
      • Young, Jeffrey R. “New Effort Encourages Professors to Share the Research Materials on Their Hard Drives.” Chronicle of Higher Education . 18 Dec 2007 <http://chronicle.com/free/2007/12/968n.htm>.
  • 21. Sources: More Details
    • “ Frequently asked questions.” 4 Dec 2007 <http://www.zotero.org/documentation/frequently_asked_questions>.
    • Greenberg, Josh. “Compatible sites.” 5 Oct 2006. 8 Jan 2008 <http://www.zotero.org/translators/>.
    • “ Screencast tutorials.” 8 Jan 2008 <http://www.zotero.org/documentation/screencast_tutorials>.
    • “ Word processor integration.” 8 Jan 2008 <http://www.zotero.org/documentation/word_processor_integration>.
  • 22. About Me
    • Chris Strauber
    • Reference & Web Services Librarian
    • Wofford College
    • Chair of LITA Open Source Systems Interest Group
    • [email_address]
    • Questions? [email_address]