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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]

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