Zotero is a freeware open-source tool, a completely free research organizer. It is integrated with your web browser and your word processor. It collects the research you do so that you can easily organize everything and synchronize material. You can also share it, regardless of where you are.
- Size: 40.7 MB
- License: Freeware
- Version: 5.0.94
- Release Date: 21-12-2020
- Operating System: Windows XP and above
After you download and install the app, you have to create your Zotero account. This helps you to use cloud storage to back up your work.
After you open the freeware program, you have 3 panes, one with your collections, the items in them, and citation information, notes, and tags.
Zotero will easily recognize the web browser’s content and you can add it to the library. Then, you can add various other files, like audio media, video media, images, and PDFs. The text inside the library will be indexed so you easily and quickly find the best information, regardless of where it is stored, on the internet or locally. You can save searches and can create smart collections automatically so you can store some relevant materials when added to your library.
The research you do is organized into your collections and sub collections. The process is similar to organizing a playlist. After, you tag library items with keywords in order to filter the search and easily match materials. Bulk items can be dragged to the tags that are relevant. You can also use color tags.
Take references from Zotero by drag and drop to your word processor to create endnotes, footnotes, bibliographies, and citations. The same can be done to your email client and different other applications you might be using.
The data that you use is synchronized to the cloud so you can easily organize your files, notes, and materials without having to worry about the device used. The material is practically stored on the cloud. A copy of all the data can be downloaded to any device or computer. The collections can be accessed from web browsers. Share the work and then easily collaborate with your associates. You can create research groups and you can join any existing groups.
All you have to do after you install the program is to download the appropriate Zotero Connector, based on the browser you use. Then, you can save your material from different catalog websites, like PubMed, Amazon.com, and Google Books. A Zotero icon is going to appear on the websites connected. Just click on the icon and you can save new references to the library you work on.