Monday, September 19, 2011


Do you struggle with organizing and citing your online research sources? Would you like some help collecting and managing bibliographic data from webpages? Then Zotero may be the solution for you!

Part of our job as educators is to help learners differentiate between good and bad sources of information found online. But, once we have done that and our learners understand where to find good sources of web based information, they may nonetheless struggle with how to correctly cite, extract and organize information from those sources. This is where Zotero can help.

Zotero is a free, Firefox add-on that captures, formats and saves bibliographic information from webpages. Created by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, this user friendly tool acts like a personal assistant in your browser. According to developers, Zotero works by automatically sensing content and adding it to one’s personal library. This content can include PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages and more.

Zotero features include:

· Automatic capture of citation information from web pages

· Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages

· Flexible notetaking with autosave and much more…

This resource also integrates with both Microsoft word and OpenOffice and provides servers at where users can create, synchronize and back up a research library. Once a user has created and added content to their personal library, Zotero automatically creates a searchable index of its contents.

To learn more about Zotero or to download this free, easy-to-use tool, check either of the following links:



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