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Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

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Avg rating of 3.9 (19)| 18 comments

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, share research and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.

Zotero helps you organize your research any way you want. You can sort items into collections and tag them with keywords. Or create saved searches that automatically fill with relevant materials as you work.

Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. With support for over 100,000 citation styles, you can format your work to match any style guide or publication.

Zotero can optionally synchronize your data across devices, keeping your notes, files, and bibliographic records seamlessly up to date. If you decide to sync, you can also always access your research from any web browser.

Zotero lets you co-write a paper with a colleague, distribute course materials to students, or build a collaborative bibliography. You can share a Zotero library with as many people you like, at no cost.

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Zotero File Storage For Your Library - 100 MB free
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Zotero Features

  1.  Ad-freeZotero doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZotero can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  3.  PDF annotationZotero support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
  4.  Full-Text SearchZotero lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
  5.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
  6.  Support for MarkDownZotero supports MarkDown for document formatting.
  7.  Privacy focusedZotero is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  8.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Zotero simultaneously.
  9.  File TaggingZotero can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.

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Supported Languages

  • English

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Our users have written 18 comments and reviews about Zotero, and it has gotten 361 likes

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dreamski21
  
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In addition to doing what it's supposed to do, it has super nice features: Clean interface, importing papers/pages directly from the browser (using Mozilla Connector extension), adding notes and attachments, exporting the full library in BibteX format, the amazing available plugins (like Zot_Bib_Web by David Reitter).

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jendk3r
  
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I started with EndNote, but it was feeling so old... Zotero is advanced (may be a bit overwhelming, when you try out also plugins) but will for sure get you there where you need with the reference management if you tweak a bit! With ZotFile you can also nicely sync Zotero with mobile devices.

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ab1
  
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Plugins don't seem to help with quotes: https://www.zotero.org/support/plugins

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MJ
  
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It is simply the best References Manager available, with fast development of new features, an amazing team of developers listening to users, and a strong community of users. Zotero is completely open source. It has been developed steadily for over 16 years. Together with the open source development of the software, this gives you strong confidence that your data is safe and will never be locked away by the company as others are doing. It is free to use locally on your computer. You only pay for online storage if you want to sync your data online. From Zotero 6, it is now possible to open PDF files directly within Zotero, and make annotations. This was the key feature that made me jump from Mendeley. I have used many different Reference Managers. Importing references in Zotero with the metadata and PDF files from the publishers websites with the browser extension is by far the highest quality in Zotero compared to the other Reference Managers I have used. And the developers are constantly listening to users for cases where it still needs to be improved.

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dkshsat
  
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I just updated from Zotero version 5 to 6 They changed the note editor and all the notes they had written before were messed up. Even the note editor has been changed to a more stupid bullet style. (What the hell did TinyMCE change to?)

I rolled back to version 5, but my database has been upgraded to version 6 and I can't open it.

There is one more thing that I have been dissatisfied with for a long time. If they can already be equipped with Rich Text Editor, the function to preview the saved html file can be implemented. Nevertheless, the html files saved by the web clipper cannot be previewed. In fact, you have to double-click to open all files, not just html. Only pdf files can be previewed with the plugin.

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ab1
  
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Users can use https://www.zotero.org/support/notes for quotations as workaround with Zotero 6.0.9.

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ab1
  
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Zotero 6.0.9 doesn't support quotations out of box... Just references.

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  • Cloud Storage
  • Research Manager
  • Firefox Extension
  • Google Chrome Extension
  • notesync
  • generate-bibliographies
  • bibliography
  • notes-management
  • citation-management
  • metadata-extraction
  • chromium-extension
  • bibliography-management
  • online-memory

Recent user activities on Zotero

  • nicolestubbs8nicolestubbs8liked Zotero
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  • MJ
    MJadded Full-Text Search as a feature to Zotero
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    MJUpvoted a comment on Zotero
    Fastest solution I've used. Use the Chrome extension to collect citations and the Word/Google Docs add-in to add them to a document instantly. Then, automatically generate a bibliography
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