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Eight days ago, I had no idea what Zotero was. Now it is an integral part of my life. First, a description:

A personal research assistant.Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content and adds it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.

Aside from blog posts, I had never really had a reason to do a lot of research. Hence my complete ignorance of this extension. Now, however, I am working on graduate courses, and research is mandatory. A lot of research, including a lot of resources from a lot of different sources.

Enter Zotero. Zotero makes it surprisingly easy to add a source to your personal research library. You can then add citations to a document (using flawless plugins for LibreOffice and Word) with a couple of clicks.

Then there’s Zotero’s jaw-dropping killer feature: bibliography, generated with a single mouse click. The¬†bibliography¬†is output in the format you require (in my case, APA). All text is formatted appropriately – including italics and underlining – and all fields are put in the correct order with correct punctuation.

This is basically a researchers perfect tool.

Zotero used to be a Firefox extension with the word processing plugins. The newest version – Zotero 3.0 beta – was released recently, however, and the game has changed. Zotero itself is now a stand-alone app, avaialbe for Linux, Windows and MacOS. There are connectors for various web browsers, including Google Chrome. And there are the word processor plugins.

If you are doing any type of research that requires keeping track of sources and citing them in documents, you need this application. Trust me on this one. Get it. Now!

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