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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 arXiv.org, 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!

via Zotero | Home.

Easy way to search the Android Market

I can relate exactly to Artem’s introduction on this post. I am constantly searching the Android market from my laptop as I come across interesting tips or mentions of apps. If I were smart, I would leave a tab with the market open all the time. I don’t, though, so I am constantly opening a new tab, going to the market, then searching. I like the idea of any tip that can make this easier for me:

Ever since the Android web Market was launched, I found myself loading the homepage just to make a search approximately 17 million times a day, give or take a few. As you know, the web Market homepage is quite heavy, so loading it just to make a search, especially while tethering on a slow connection, was starting to get kind of annoying.

via Android Police.

Facebook Photo Zoom – Google Chrome extension gallery

I have just started converting to Google Chrome as my main browser. I love Firefox, and have been using it since way back in its Phoenix pre-build days. But Chrome is so fast, and so light-weight. Both browsers are open-source, and both are excellent choices.

One of the best parts of Firefox were extensions. People expanded the functionality of Firefox in ways that were never imagined thanks to the ease of writing extensions for Firefox. Google learned that lesson well, and made Chrome easily†extensible, too.

I’ve been looking through the wide range of extensions available for Chrome. There are already thousands, some good, some not so good. The extension that I most miss – Paste Email Plus – doesn’t have an equivalent for Chrome. But I have stumbled across some excellent ones. And some extensions that are surprisingly simple yet elegant. One such extension is great for those of us who use Facebook:

Facebook Photo Zoom is a simple, light-weight extension that integrates directly into Facebook so you can see the larger images of photo albums, profile photos and more whenever you hover over a zoomable image!

via Facebook Photo Zoom – Google Chrome extension gallery.

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