Zotero--great citation management for academic writers
July 22, 2021

Zotero--great citation management for academic writers

Joshua Welsh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Zotero

I use Zotero myself as a citation management system. The problem it solves is to keep track of vast numbers of academic sources. Instead of the old-fashioned way of printing out articles, putting them in a file cabinet, and never reading them again, with Zotero, I can easily find sources that I've read and marked up, and figure out how to use them in whatever I am currently working on.
  • PDF Management
  • Library organization
  • Automatic import of Books
  • Libre office integration was iffy
  • Using different word processors (i.e, Word, then Google Docs on the same file) can "break" embedded citations.
  • Source Managemnet
  • In-text Citation Creation
  • Bibliography Creation
  • Much easier to integrate sources into scholarly writing
  • Much easier to keep track of source library
  • Much easier to switch citation styles when necessary
For a brief time I tried Mendalay, since at the time Zotero didn't have a Google Docs plug in. Mendalay is not as intuitive as Zotero and if I recall correctly, was more expensive. Zotero works very well, and ultimately I found myself back in Zotero because it's easier to use and does a great job of managing my library of academic articles.

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Zotero is great for managing a large number of academic sources and easily using them in an article or other scholarly work. When the Word Processor plug-in is enabled, adding a citation is just a keystroke away. Even better Zotero automatically generates Works Cited pages. And if you need to switch citation styles, Zotero can do most of the work with just a few clicks of the mouse.

It's less good at collecting day-to-day recourses such as websites you want to visit later. It's really aimed at producing academic writing, and it does that amazingly well.