Getting started with Zotero

Gavin Fordyce, 15 August 2012 · # ·

In my digital tools talk at the Build-a-thon I mentioned Zotero, a powerful research management tool created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. For an overview of what Zotero can do, have a look at the Quick Start Guide.

Zotero works with your web browser to capture information from a wide variety of sources. It comes in two versions: as an extension for Firefox, and as a standalone program with connectors for Chrome and Safari. Choose the version that suits your browser and operating system from the Downloads page.

Zotero comes with translators for a number of catalogues, publications and databases, including the Trove newspaper database. The translators quickly save metadata from selected lists and items. Even if there isn’t a suitable translator available you can easily save a copy of a webpage into your own research collection.

By setting up a Zotero account, you can synchronise your collection across any number of computers and access it via the web. You can also collaborate with others by creating or joining groups.

I’ve created a public Zotero group for the ‘Doing Our Bit’ project. Anyone can view our collection on the web, but if you want to add resources you’ll need to install Zotero and create an account.

If you find anything that you think might be relevant to the project, feel free to add it to the collection!