Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your research — in the web browser itself. You can use it to quickly grab and re-use citation from our public library “Soil Electrical Geophysics”.
Zotero works in combination with your web-browser and supports FireFox, Google Chrome or Safari browsers. Since Zotero is open source software it currently DOES NOT support Internet Explorer and probably never will due to closed code platform of IE. So if you only have EI on your computer the first step will be to download and install another browser. You can choose FireFox or Chrome and follow respective instructions below.
1. Download and install FireFox Browser. http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
Also if you use FireFox as a browser, but open Zotero Standalone your references will be sent from FireFox to Zotero Standalone automatically. You can even use all browsers interchangeably and still save all the references in one Master Library, just don’t forget to sign in all of then as the same user.
4. Sign up for Zotero FREE user account. Process is similar as in Zotero Standalone (Google Chrome #4).
Zotero Standalone version works in combination with Google Chrome browser.
1. To download Chrome visit https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95346 and follow instructions for your operating system.
For Windows PC:
To install Chrome for your user account, follow these steps below. Want to install the browser for all the user accounts on your computer? Learn how to install Chrome for multiple user accounts
- Download the installer file
- If prompted, click “Run” or “Save”.
- Double-click the installer file to start the installation process. Your home page settings and browser history will automatically be imported from your default browser.
- A Chrome window opens once everything is set up. The first time Chrome opens, you’ll see a message letting you know that you can search with Google directly from the address bar (also known as the omnibox). If you’d like to change your default search engine, click Change.
Having trouble installing or opening Chrome? See troubleshooting information
2. Download and install Zotero Standalone
3. Download and install Zotero Connectors. They will allow you to save items to Zotero from within browsers other than Firefox, using Zotero’s site translators.
Additionally, Zotero 3.0 for Firefox, available above, will automatically switch into connector mode when Zotero Standalone is opened.
4. Setup new account in Zotero. When you first open Zotero go to Settings “wheel” drop down and visit Sync tab. Create Account link will bring you to a simple registration page where you can setup your username, email and password. It is all that needed! Mark check to Sync automatically and you can install Zotero on multiple computers – your library will always be up to date anywhere. Note, that Zotero servers store and sync all your bibliographic information + your notes on each publication for free, but if you want to attach actual PDF files to your references and store on Zotero public servers, you have free 1 Gb of storage, after that it is paid. I store my attachment files from private library on on local computer, and in addition link to the geophysics sources on Landviser, LLC site in Downloads (Web File Manager) repository (you need to be a registered user). The file attachment process is easily automated with Zotfile plugin (more on that later in the separate blog post).
5. Enjoy Zotero and put it to a good use. Now when you visit bibliography feeds or pages with sources to publications in FireFox or Google Chrome you will see a folder or paper or book or other source icon in the browser address bar. With one click on that icon you can grab and save bibliographic info to your OWN Zotero library. See for example our library page on www.landviser.net website Soil Electrical Geophysics Library
When you ready to incorporate bibliographic sources to you own publication – install world processors plug-ins. Word Processor Plugins for MS Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice are bundled with standalone Zotero. More information is available in the Cite pane of the Zotero preferences. Mac users: Word integration requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. See the compatibility matrix for more details.