Zotero is a reference manager program. It exists either as an add-on for the Firefox web browser, a separate program, or both. It allows researchers to save references from library catalogs, research databases and other websites with a single click. It runs constantly as a plugin in the web browser, which has perhaps become our most essential research tool, so it is always available. It collects saved citations into a personal “library,” making them easy to organize and search for later use. A few clicks can turn references in the Zotero library into a bibliography in well over a thousand bibliographic styles. It automatically backs up citations and files to the cloud, making the library accessible from any computer but fully functional offline too.Puckett, Jason (2011-06-19). Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators (Kindle Locations 133-138). Amer Library Assn. Kindle Edition.
ABOUTO Reference manager program.O Designed to run on any operating system that will run the Firefox web browser (and now with Chrome and Safari, with a version for Internet Explorer coming soon).O Its word processor plugins work with Microsoft Word, Open Office and NeoOffice.O Automatically backs up citations and files to the cloud so accessible from any computer and offline too.
ABOUTO Zotero includes fifteen different bibliographic styles when first installed, including MLA, APA, Turabian and four variants of Chicago style, which probably covers the needs of most writers. Approximately 1400 additional styles are available for download from zotero.org/styles.O Created and maintained by researchers for researchers at George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media (chnm.gmu.edu) in Fairfax, VA.Puckett, J. (2011, June 19). Zotero: A guide forlibrarians, researchers and educators [KindleEdition]. (Kindle Locations 1135-1137). Amer. LibraryAssn.
PURPOSEO Research tool the helps you O Gather sources O Organize sources O Analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, and other objects)O Research tool that lets you O Share the results of your research O Ability to store author, title, and publication fields and export information O Ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways
Video and Guide TutorialsO http://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials/ zotero_tour From ZoteroO http://research.library.gsu.edu/zotero Maintained by Jason Puckett at Georgia State University Library
Open Source Software- FLOSSSoftware made and distributed in this way is alsocalled “free software.” This label is slightlyambiguous because of the meanings of the word“free” in English. It can mean “without cost” (gratis)or “free to copy and re-use” (libre). Someadvocates have adopted the acronym FLOSS,“free/libre/open source software” to clarify themeaning. Zotero is FLOSS: “free” in both senses ofthe word.Puckett, J. (2011, June 19). Zotero: A guide forlibrarians, researchers and educators [KindleEdition]. (Kindle Locations 173-176). Amer. LibraryAssn.
For what type of library is Zotero appropriate?O Zotero is appropriate for all libraries including: academic/school, specialty, and public libraries.
Library Usage Patron Use Library Staff Use O One click installation.O Saves time. O Saves time answering questions required byO Helps with research other programs. skills. O Serves as literacyO Provides teaching tool. O Also, could be used for organization staff research and sharing needs means. O Lists of information, good books, tutorials.
. Provision of information in the manner most useful to its Literacy Standards clients is the ultimate test of all a library does RUSAThe Association for College and Research Libraries’ InformationLiteracy Competency Standard for Higher Education number 2, Guidelinesperformance indicator 5 states that “The information literate forstudent extracts, records, and manages the information and its Informatiosources.” This indicator’s given outcomes include: n Services1. Selects among various technologies the most appropriate one for the task of extracting the needed information.2. Creates a system for organizing the information.3. Differentiates between the types of sources cited and understands the elements and correct syntax of a citation for a wide range of resources4. Records all pertinent citation information for future reference.5. Uses various technologies to manage the information selected and organized. Puckett, J. (2011, June 19). Zotero: A guide for librarians,researchers and educators [Kindle Edition]. (Kindle Locations 248-249). Amer. Library Assn.
AdvantagesO Add-ins available http://www.zotero.org/support/plugins O Includes ability to add Zotero citations to Wordpress, e-book readers and more.O FreeO Easy to learnO Collaboration and sharing
AdvantagesO Zotero Everywhere, a major new initiative generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is aimed at dramatically increasing the accessibility of Zotero to the widest possible range of users today and in the future. Zotero Everywhere will have two main components: a standalone desktop version of Zotero with full integration into a variety of web browsers and a radically expanded application programming interface (API) to provide web and mobile access to Zotero libraries. Retrieved from http://www.zotero.org/blog/zoteros-next-big- step/
AdvantagesO Providing Zotero support offers libraries an opportunity to diversify their services and educate their users in new information tools. Librarians have found that supporting reference management software has resulted in increasing users’ familiarity with other research tools, increasing awareness of other instructional services offered by the libraries, and in general improving visibility of library services on campus.Puckett, J. (2011, June 19). Zotero: A guide forlibrarians, researchers and educators [KindleEdition]. (Kindle Locations 2418-2422). Amer.Library Assn.
DisadvantagesO When new version of Firefox is downloaded, you have to make sure Zotero version is compatible (usually checks for you).O Learning curve for manually entering information to show up correctly in citation style you choose.O New versions take awhile to go through debugging period.
Other Reference Manager ProgramsO Endnote http://www.endnote.com/enhome.asp O Single Windows user $300.00 O Windows work station $1,100.00 O Retrieved from http://www.endnote.com/enorform.pdf
Other Reference Manager ProgramsO RefWorks https://www.refworks.com/ O 1 year subscription includes updates and changes=$100.00 O Retrieved from https://www.refworks.com/content/path_lea rn/purchase.asp
Other Reference Manager ProgramsO ProCite http://www.procite.com/ O ProCite 5 Windows Individual-$300.00. O ProCite Windows User Network-$996.00. O Retrieved from http://www.procite.com/pcorderform.pdf
ReferencesO ALA, RUSA. (2000, July). Guidelines for information services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rus a/resources/guidelines/guidelinesinformati on.cfmO Puckett, J. (2011, June 19). Zotero: A guide for librarians, researchers and educators [Kindle Edition]. Amer. Library Assn.O Zotero (Version 2.1.8) [Computer Software]. Retrieved from http://www.zotero.org/