In the current era of competitiveness and lack of time, researchers and students look forward to finding a way in which they can prepare an impressive and authentic research work in the least time and with the most efficiency. Zotero helps these people to achieve the same. It is open-source software made by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. IT is basically referencing management software that manages bibliographic data and other related research materials like PDF files. The features that make it efficient software include online syncing, web browser integration, generation of footnotes, in-text citations and bibliographies All these are generated due to the integration of software with word processors such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs and LibreOffice Writer.
Zotero reflects a small icon whenever a resource is being viewed on various websites including PubMed, Google boos, Google Scholar, Wikipedia, Amazon.com, and others. When the user clicks on this icon, the full reference information is saved in the Zotero library. Zotero is also capable of saving the website and full PDF text in case of academic articles. Users then can add notes, attach and tag their own metadata. The interface of the program is easy and users can drag and drop the items on it as they do it on iTunes. Users can export the selected data of local references from the library in the form of formatted bibliographies. Moreover, users can summarize all the entries including the rich text memos of articles that they have created and bibliographic information into an HTML report.
Users can format and edit their citations. The bibliographies and citations are generated via the plugins of word processors or directly in the program using the feature of Citation Style and Language styles. Most of the styles for citation of academic journals are available in the software and users can reformat the bibliography in few clicks according to the style they require. Zotero is capable of importing and exporting citations to and fro many formats including BibTex, Wikipedia Citation Templates, BibLateX, MODS, RefWorks, COinS, Evernote, and EndNote, Citation Style Language/JSON, several RDFs, refer/BibIX, RIS, TEI, and many more. Annotation is also possible in the program because Zotero can link the notes with bibliographic items. It enables annotation on PDFs and syncs them with the PDF reader on mobile through Zotfile plugin.
Zotero increased the number of languages it supports in 2014 and now it supports over 30 languages. Zotero provides as much support as it can through its official website from where users can access extensive information regarding the use and functions of software including instructional screenshots, tips for troubleshooting, frequently raised issues and a forum of Zotero user on the website also help very much because questions asked in the forums are quickly answered by developers and other pro users who provide valuable suggestions instantly.
Zotero also uses ‘translators’ in the form of short computer code pieces or scripts that are written by various volunteers. These help the users to comprehend the structure and utilization of web pages and to understand how they can be reconstructed into citations using the internal formats. IN nutshell, Zotero is a tool that helps its users to build their personal libraries of source information from journal articles, documents, books, web pages and more. The personal libraries of sources work with the word processing tools to format a whole paper according to the users’ choice.
- Capable of saving citations from websites, databases, and library catalogs.
- Perform in-text citation of the source materials and enables reference lists in a wide range of styles including MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.
- Enables attachments of PDF’s, web page snapshots, images, reading notes and more to the citations in users’ collection.
- Supports more than 30 languages.
- Supports product through official websites, instructional screencasts and users forum.
- Easy interface with drag and drop functions.
- Supports Voluntary translators to explain the usage.