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.
- 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
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
Just Fill Out This Simple Form
Just Fill Out This Simple Form #2
Just Fill Out This Simple Form # 3
Zotero: A Different Approach
- 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
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!
What It Does Differently
- Zotero automates gathering citations
What Zotero Recognizes
- Innovative, Sirsi-Dynix, Ex Libris
- EBSCO, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Wiley Interscience, etc.
What Zotero Recognizes #2
- Pubmed, ERIC, arXiv.org, Google Scholar, etc.
- Economist, NY Times, The Age, etc.
- YouTube, Flickr, CiteULike, Epicurious, others
Zotero Citation Styles
- specialized styles for Nature, IEEE, National Library of Medicine, and others
- other styles can be added by users
- Journal of Nano-Epidemiology
- Three short films about creating bibliographies
- Video 3: Zotero Citations
- Take notes in any language or alphabet
- Visualize your references on a timeline
- Use as an OpenURL resolver
- Easily import and export your data
- capitalization varies by database
- Some confusion about multiple contributors
- author? translator? editor?
- Website recognition is a moving target
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
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
- 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)
- 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
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>.
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>.
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