CLA’08-4: Zotero

The first session I went after lunch (and checking my email) was on Zotero. It is a “free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources“. I heard about it in the past, but did not pay much attention to it, because I was out of school and did not work at an academic institution. But now I grabbed the chance to learn more. The session, lead by Marsha Schnirring, from the Occidental College in Los Angeles was basically a walkthrough on how to use it. It was splendid, I converted. If when I will need to work with citations this will be the tool I will use.

One of my questions after the session was whether Zotero support non-Latin languages. We could not find the answer quickly so checked it upon my return to home. The site states: “Because it relies on Unicode, Zotero can import, store, and cite items of any language.” My other question was based on my poor understanding of the new Google Chrome browser’s compatibility with FireFox/Mozilla. I thought that it is similarly built thus Chrome should have no problem supporting FireFox extension, such as Zotero. As it became clear on the Zotero forum it is not, so Zotero will not work on Chrome. For now?

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