Zotero: A great tool for researchers and entrepreneurs

How long have you wasted trying to recall something you had found earlier on the web by going through your browser history or bookmarks? Especially if you travel often and need to have a synced data between your mobile devices and the desktop, Zotero is an ideal tool for you.

Zotero is an easy-to-use yet powerful research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways. An extension to the popular open-source web browser Firefox, Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote) — the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software and web applications (like iTunes and del.icio.us), such as the ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways.

Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and—on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. Since it lives in the web browser, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications; since it runs on one’s personal computer, it can also communicate with software running there (such as Microsoft Word). And it can be used offline as well (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).


3 thoughts on “Zotero: A great tool for researchers and entrepreneurs

  1. I have never used Zotero. Will have to check it out, since I haven’t tried to install Microsoft OneNote on my linux computer. OneNote is awesome for clipping screen shots, collecting web materials, and tracking projects. The integration with Outlook is awesome.

  2. I like installing new Firefox addons, but haven’t heard of this one yet. Sounds interesting, good that the article has a direct link to it!

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