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Citation Managers Comparison

Overview

Zotero is an open-access, community-built tool built in collaboration between George Mason University and the Corporation for Digital Scholarship. It has received funding from the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

We do not yet have a separate FIU Medical Library LibGuide on Zotero

Below are annotated screenshots of Zotero's...

  • Desktop version
  • Online Version
  • Browser Capture Citation Tool
  • Microsoft Word Integration
  • Google Docs Integration

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Desktop

This is what the desktop version of Zotero (also known as the client version) looks like on a Windows PC.

Online

This is what the corresponding Zotero Online library looks like in a web browser like Google Chrome.

Browser Citation Capture Tool

Zotero provides the "Zotero Connector" for for multiple browsers.  Sign into your online Zotero account and go to a page with download options. Zotero will usually recognize which browser you are using and automatically suggest the right one to install. When you use the Zotero on the item or items you are viewing, you will sometimes  have the option to choose which Zotero Collection to send it/them to. Other times it will happen too quickly and it/they will go straight to the first Collection (which is based on alphabetical order) in your Library. You will have to move the item(s) from that Collection to the Collection you want. Note: the Zotero Connector icon changes appearance based on the type of page and number of items on the page you are looking at. If it recognizes multiple items in a list of results, it will take the form of a folder. When you are viewing one item, it will try to determine if it is a journal article, magazine article, newspaper article, etc...

Microsoft Word Integration

Having installed the Microsoft Word Zotero Plugin, click on it in the Word Ribbon to begin adding citations that you have already stored in your synced Zotero Library. Zotero must desktop must be open in the background or you will get an error message prompting you to open it. This is how it would appear in Microsoft Word 2016 on a Windows PC.

Google Docs Integration

If you use the Chrome or Firefox Browswer, Zotero allows you to insert citations from your Zotero Library when you are writing in a Google Doc.  This write-and-cite function does not yet work for Safari. This can be very useful if you are collaborating on a paper or assignment.  When you install the Zotero Connector for the Web Capture function, Zotero will also install the Zotero add-on into your Google Docs's action bar. Zotero must desktop must be open in the background or you will get an error message prompting you to open it.

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Medical Library
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