Zotero Reviews

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Benjamin Plotkin | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 06, 2019

Zap Away Your Paper-Based Research Process With Zotero!

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At present, I am the sole member of my immediate department using Zotero, but it is a well-regarded tool in the research community. I use Zotero to facilitate academic research projects, to collate sources and to facilitate the collection and management of sources, citations, and quotations. Zotero integrates with a wide variety of other software and web-based services to streamline academic research.
  • Zotero, when paired with the Zotfile plugin, makes it incredibly easy to index sources and documents on a project-by-project basis. Users can store document files locally in a Zotero project filesystem, or merely store links to files stored elsewhere.
  • Zotero plays extremely nicely with PDF documents, thanks again to the Zotfile plugin: I can highlight sections of a PDF article's text and Zotero indexes these "pull quotes" in a searchable and well-organized manner for easy extraction when it comes time to synthesize my sources into a new paper.
  • Zotero automates the production of properly-formatted references (including APA, MLA, Chicago, and others), making it a breeze to create accurate and complete bibliographies.
  • Zotero's library system provides a straightforward graphical user interface to manage multiple research projects and associated files, including the ability to easily add items to a project by ISBN, DOI, PMID, and arXiv IDs.
  • Zotero is a free, independent open-source project, and as such, it depends on the support of its users and developer community to extend the software and address bugs. Personally, I prefer the open-source approach but some users may wish for a paid option with dedicated support.
  • The Zotfile plugin is a must-have extension that turbocharges Zotero for me; however, it doesn't ship as part of Zotero, it must be installed by end-users, a process which involves .XPI files. This isn't a big deal, but it may be too much for non-technical users. It would be nice to see this functionality included in the core application.
  • Zotero does take a small investment of time for even tech-savvy end-users to get into the flow -- but once that small learning curve is scaled, it is intuitive and empowering.
Zotero (with its good buddy Zotfile) is well suited for any researcher who wants to go completely paperless in their research process, or who wants a centralized library system to manage their research projects, including attachments, notes, annotations, sources, and bibliographies. It is geared towards academic and social sciences researchers.

Zotero is a powerful tool with a learning curve, and as such it might not be worth the investment of time and energy for end-users with simple research project needs.
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Elizabeth Umberfield | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 24, 2019

Zotero makes this grad student's life WAY easier!

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I use Zotero to manage all of my citations for my personal academic work (I'm a PhD student, which means that I am sorting though a lot of academic literature on an ongoing basis). I also use Zotero as a part of multiple research teams. We use the software to share new citations and files, and to cite these sources in our manuscripts.
  • Zotero's MS Word and Google Docs plug-ins and Chrome extension makes the process of storing, indexing, and citing sources seamless
  • Zotero's automated retrieval of embedded metadata in PDFs and websites is incredibly accurate, which increases my confidence in the citations created by Zotero
  • The library of available citation styles is extensive and largely accurate
  • I love that Zotero syncs your work and citations online, which allows me to work from multiple devices (e.g., laptop, office desktop, computer labs)
  • I have had very few issues with Zotero, but have heard from a colleague that there is an error when using APA style. When there are two citations that may otherwise look the same in the text, APA requires that those citations have letters added after the ear to differentiate them (e.g., Smith et al., 2019a and Smith et al., 2019b). However, if these two sources are in your Zotero library and you do NOT cite both in a manuscript, Zotero still adds the A and B, which is unnecessary.
  • I'd love to be able to import bulk batches of citations from .csv files, which would be helpful for retrieving citations from library databases that "don't play well with" citation managers (e.g., NexisUni)
If you need to manage a lot of citations, and you want to be able to cite them easily in MS Word or Google Docs, Zotero is well-suited for your needs. I've used a competitor's software, and Zotero is by far my favorite of the two.
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About Zotero

Zotero is a free reference management tool developed as a project developed at Carnegie Mellon and supported by a small team at George Mason University.
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