How do you organize your references when you are doing research? I’ve tried several different methods, both digital and manual. For a while, my favorite was Zotero, but I did not want to be tied to the Firefox browser; I prefer to use Safari. If there is any one immediate area where I would be thrilled to find a really good way to tame data, it is with managing my citation list.
A few days ago, the folks at Zotero announced that they have received additional funding, and will now make Zotero available for the “Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer” browsers.
We’re delighted to announce Zotero Everywhere, a major new initiative generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Zotero Everywhere is aimed at dramatically increasing the accessibility of Zotero to the widest possible range of users today and in the future. Zotero Everywhere will have two main components: a standalone desktop version of Zotero with full integration into a variety of web browsers and a radically expanded application programming interface (API) to provide web and mobile access to Zotero libraries.
If you have never used Zotero, and would like to learn more about how it works, the short video below highlights a few of the plugin’s capabilities.
I’m excited about this announcement. I tried RefWorks and Endnote, but they both made as much work as they claimed to solve. I was disappointed with both of them. The software did not export the citations correctly in APA format, no matter how hard I tried. I still had to fiddle with the output whenever I used the citations in a paper. I determined that manually entering 21 pages of references into a database would be very time consuming, and then I’d still have to reconfigure the citations when I exported them. So, I’ve stayed with my old method — a list of properly APA-cited references that takes up 21 pages in a Word document, sub-divided by various categories. I hope Zotero Everywhere will be an improvement on RefWorks and EndNote. I may not enter 21 pages of citations, but I may enter new ones into Zotero, if the new release proves useful.
What method do you use to track your references?