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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.
  • Zotero Draft 6

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