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Zotero review by Michele (Mike) D.
Michele (Mike) D.
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"Best for: collaborating, multi OS, user friendly, opensource"

What do you like best?

I use Zotero in University research environment,

I was looking for a product capable to cope with the following requirements

- easy to use

- capable to support collaboration between different users

- available for the different operating systems used by the several researchers in my laboratory (Linux + windows)

- free

- open source

Zotero was the winner of my selection

What do you dislike?

1)

it lacks in terms of consistency between the user interface representation of documents and how they are really saved as files and folders

Let me explain with an example:

You have one publication divided into 2 two files and you ad some extra note and extra files

All this in the user-interface appears as it was once single topic and to belong to the same container/item

This is good, this is what you want for making a sense to these many files

Unfortunately, if you look the real folders and files that Zotero creates behind the human-interface you find out the files have been stored in different folders at the same hierarchy level and with no-sense names with the result that without Zotero it is impossible to make an obvious sense of the many files and folder you have in your repository

2)

I would like to have an interface for creating custom fields

Recommendations to others considering the product

I am happy with Zotero

we sill see how far we can go with it

Have a trial: I believe you will like too

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As described in the previous section I was looking for a REFERENCE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE with the following characteristics:

- easy to use

- capable to support collaboration between different users

- available for the different operating systems used by the several researchers in my laboratory (Linux + windows)

- free

- open source

I selected it about 2 months ago and I showed it to my colleagues explaining to them what I was aiming for (collaboration, easy to use, etc, all the above points)

After a while, one of them switched to Zotero and more recently another researcher did the same

In the future, we plan to move it to the server for having no storage limits

In conclusion, I am very happy with this product

Thank you to Zotero contributors for such good free product

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Zotero review by Adithyaa J.
Adithyaa J.
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"Zotero for better managemt of bibliography"

What do you like best?

Availability of space to record notes and important points about a article to get them in short time without going through the whole paper is the main feature of zotero that we love the best. There are also other features of zotero like tagging and sorting an article with various importance and quality that are best of zotero.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing much that is to dislike with zotero but their look and feel can be improved and the unavailability of internal PDF Viewer is something that I dislike with zotero. With better looks and internal PDF Viewer Zotero will receive 10 on 10 in this review

Recommendations to others considering the product

Zotero is an excellent tool for managing your citation source, sharing them with your collaborators and finally composing and editing bibliography. I highly recommend zotero to your organization. This product will be a great tool in saving time for both instructors and students.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Bibliography management is a biggest and most time consuming job in any academic and science society. This problem of managing, sorting and sharing of the important file is solved with zotero, It also stores the bibliographic citation data which can be used while editing a report or books and in the end total bibliography can be obtained in a single click.

What Reference Management solution do you use?

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Zotero review by Grace K.
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"A great tool for managing sources"

What do you like best?

My favorite things about Zotero include that it is free and open source software, it is pretty easy to use, it automatically saves PDFs and other files, it can easily import metadata, and it saves a screenshot of the website I save.

What do you dislike?

One of my least favorite things about Zotero is that the interface is a little bland, and you must have it downloaded and installed on a device you are using it on. Full functionality is not available in the web version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it! It may take a little time to learn how to use it, but once you are in the habit of using it it is going to save you so much time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Zotero allows me to easily save and organize journal articles, web pages, and other sources of information and easily access them again later.

Zotero review by User in Research
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"A thoughtfully developed free reference manager that packs a punch"

What do you like best?

Back in college I used Zotero for everything. Its seamless Firefox integration and later integration with Word were exactly what I needed, and unlike EndNote, I could install it on all my own devices with no trouble and no fees. I now use it very occasionally to curate my personal reference library, and it's still got the magic, although I no longer use the advanced features.

What do you dislike?

While many, many custom styles were available, it was a HUGE pain to start from one of these and modify it slightly. This may have changed, since I rarely need to cite in a specific, obscure style these days -- it's worth a look.

Also, everyone else uses EndNote.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a freelance researcher as well as an editor and Zotero manages my references excellently. I only use it when I'll be the only one handling the reference section since it's so nonstandard, but it's lightweight and flexible and does a terrific job.

Zotero review by User in Internet
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"Zotero is my favorite paper manager"

What do you like best?

Zotero organizes all my research papers. I love that it automatically syncs my papers to my account so I have all my research with me wherever I am. I also really like the citations features, which lets me import citations into word.It's also nice that I can search through all entries as well as keep papers in multiple folders. These two options help me organize everything. I like that you can update entry names based upon pdf metadata. This makes it way easier to get all the information for a paper because the whole process is automated. If I had to pick just one feature as my favorite, it would be that I can click the zotero button on my browser to automatically add a paper to my library.

What do you dislike?

Would like an easier way to use tags, like maybe a color coding or something. I also think it would be nice to create an arbitrary sorting method for creating a bibliography, so that references were ordered the way I list them in the paper I am writing. Like maybe I could put a 1,2,3,etc. next to each paper in another column.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to keep track of papers and use multiple devices or are collaborating on a project, Zotero is a great way to go. Also manages citations for when you are writing a paper yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Collaboration with Zotero is especially useful. I can fill a folder with papers on a research project. My colleagues can highlight and comment. It's a great way to share.

Zotero review by Gautam A.
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"Referencing Made Super Easy!!"

What do you like best?

Zotero provides access to all collected papers, articles and books from anywhere and you do not need to be working on your desktop/laptop. Zotero also helps me to organize my articles in different folders for my different assignments.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, the referencing does not come up in an uniform way even if I select the same style, mainly if there are multiple authors. Like I use APA style for my papers and sometimes when there are multiple authors, it will take "et all" and sometimes it will have all their surnames which are confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Everybody who has to use references in their writing should start using Zotero as it would make your life much easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a PhD Student, I have a write a lot of papers for work and Zotero has helped me in streamlining my referencing. It also helps me to store all the articles I need at one place. The best part is it provided me access to these papers from anywhere.

Zotero review by Sarah M.
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"Excellent way to organize articles"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to have multiple folders available for different projects I am working on. This allows me to stay organized and quickly track down literature I am looking for. I also love zotero connector and how I can send articles to my library just by pushing a simple button.

What do you dislike?

I cant 'undo' deletions of files on zotero so I have previously deleted whole folders when I didnt mean to and I was unable to undo this action. I had to go to the full library and re-sort my files

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Zotero allows me to stay organized, collect literature, and share readings and folders with my team easily. Sharing an entire library is much easier than emailing individual files.

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"This Software is a Huge Time Saver"

What do you like best?

I was originally very leery of this software because the librarians at my university used to push so hard for students to use it. Normally, the content they suggested would crash my faulty laptop and then not even work once it was installed.

This software, on the other hand, is amazing and makes citing sources a breeze. Especially when you've been toggling between too many internet tabs and you can't keep them straight anymore.

What do you dislike?

It took me a little longer than I expected to learn how to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't assume that just because it is free, it will be of lower quality. It's actually everything you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In drafting emails/projects where I have had multiple internet sources open and could easily mis-cite something, Zotero keeps me organized.

Zotero review by User
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"Will require some effort to get an ideal workflow"

What do you like best?

Best feature is the browser integration. You can directly save articles into Zotero and subsequently make notes in Zotero. Equally good is automatically pulling the metadata and generating Bibtex effortlessly.

What do you dislike?

Annotation: You still need to open in a separate PDF reader to annotate. If you automatically open in PDF reader, then you can't use the browser extension and you will have to sync Zotero with your hard drive or network drive, which takes up space and/or is less portable and/or will fail if you're not logged into something.

Syncing: Good luck if you want to sync with a Sony Digital Paper. Even though both systems use webDAV and it seems as though you ought to be able to sync automatically and push articles to a DP, I have never gotten this to work. If you try syncing Zotero to Box and then to DP, it is a bit unreliable and in addition Zotero doesn't do two way syncing it seems.

Filing: If you were looking at one folder, and you use the browser extension to save an article, it automatically gets saved to that folder regardless of its relevance. This has led to frequent misfilings and losing papers.

Firefox: There are many useful extensions for Zotero. They are not compatible with the new Firefox versions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's much easier to keep track of references and take (non PDF annotation) notes.

Zotero review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Useful reference management tool "

What do you like best?

I like that it is free (but you can pay for additional storage if you want). Being able to save content directly from the web as I'm browsing is really nice. Being able to sync my library across multiple computers has been a benefit, as I work from home two days a week. I also like that you can capture screenshots of web pages you want to archive this has come in handy numerous times. The ability to share my files with coworkers has also been useful to me.

What do you dislike?

I've had issues with it shutting down and not saving some of the most recent information added. It doesn't have nearly as many citation styles as Endnote. I normally use Google Chrome but downloaded Firefox in order to use Zotero.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In addition to being a citation and bibliography manager, I also use it to keep track of the many PDFs I collect while writing a paper. It's nice to have everything all in one spot, that is readily accessible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Zotero is useful to me when writing final reports and policy recommendations by helping me manage all my references and resources, inserting citations and creating bibliographies. This is a huge time saver when you are required to collect and manage multiple references.

Zotero review by User in Renewables & Environment
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"Convenient citation management software"

What do you like best?

It is free open source software, so no extra cost involved. Easy to use, one click citation save options. Have an option to export references from many research databases - Orbis, Jstor etc.. Integrated with Word & Libreoffice, can even drag-and drop citation into MS Word.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes citation format is off for some of the more specialized styles, e.g. Bluebook for legal docs, and needs to be corrected manually.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great open source citation management software that has many of the same capabilities as some of the pricier options - EndNote or Refworks. There is no support per se since it is open source but there is an active user community and developer provides tutorials. It is very easy to learn.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Zotero among other citation managers - EndNote, Refworks, and Mendeley for several years during graduate school. It is a helpful tool that allows you to gather and transfer references from other databases and webpages to your personal research database, create bibliographies as well as easily search and sort references. It supports a variety of styles (MLA, APA etc).

Zotero review by User
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"Organizes my citations, but I don't know how to use all of its functions"

What do you like best?

It serves as a place where I can keep all of my citations and resources. I like that I can categorize them and search based on category. I like that it will retrieve metadata for me.

What do you dislike?

I really feel like I don't know how to use very much of the features. Have had trouble before even exporting a bibliography. I have not been able to figure out how to utilize Zotero as a plug-in within my word documents.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There seems to be a pretty steep learning curve (that I still haven't figured out all the way)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Writing academic and industrial research reports.

Zotero review by User
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"Used to be great, on the decline"

What do you like best?

the software saves all your documents without taking memory on your computer, easily accessible from all devices, great to use with Word extension, I love that it cites in correct format and keeps track of citations to create a bibliography for you

What do you dislike?

the software is no longer connected to firefox and now i must use the standalone version to monitor my articles, it is more difficult and more effort than before. all my negative comments are because of this issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

great and easy to use, once you take the time to learn the software easy to use!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

writing manuscripts for publications

Zotero review by Trevor G.
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"Incredible Asset to studying and research"

What do you like best?

Zotero has been easy to install, use, and integrate with my web browser to create editable citations in a multitude of formats.

What do you dislike?

I don't understand much about how it uses proxies, but that hasn't been a hinderance to my use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great, free tool that I wish I had known about years ago.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This lets me organize scholarly citations for research papers.

Zotero review by User in Higher Education
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"Easy to save references"

What do you like best?

I like how chrome add-on app of Zotero which saves so much time in saving references. In addition, the information of the reference (authors, publishers, publishing time, etc.) can be retrieved right away in zotero once being saved. Other functions are pretty similar to Mandeley.

What do you dislike?

The sync function is good but it is slow from one computer to the other. The graphic design of user window is boring and lack of innovation but works fun if one just care about saving references.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the chrome add-on if you use Chrome. Use sync function if you want to work in different locations on different PC. Do not use the new version to add reference, window of old winder is more user-friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Organizing references is very convenient with Zotero. It has all the publishing styles that one need.

Zotero review by User in Higher Education
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"Easy online portal for tracking and sharing references"

What do you like best?

References can be easily organized into folders and shared. Also, you no longer have download anything; everything can be done from the website.

What do you dislike?

If you have a lot of references, the view can be a little overwhelming and it can be hard to organize if you leave a project and then return to it later (i.e., if you don't organize your references as soon as you add them, it can be harder later).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows collaborators to share sources they've found; this can be especially useful for papers.

Zotero review by User in Libraries
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"Awesome Stand-alone Pinterest for Academics!"

What do you like best?

Zotero's functionality, in terms of the ability to save "snapshots" of websites needed for academic research, combined with it's ease of use, make it the best website research assistant software I've used.

What do you dislike?

It took me some time to figure out how to setup some of it's sharing features, in order to synchronize between devices when I initially discovered the application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Zotero is great for anyone performing research, for saving and coming back to research items, and for creating needed citations about items as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Zotero is useful as a research assistant software application, allowing for easy website saving and retrieval.

Zotero review by User in Higher Education
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"Zotero Review"

What do you like best?

The different collections levels allows me to easily sort and share my research. It allows collaboration with notes inside the organization and in a way that it is sorted by topic or research project

What do you dislike?

The Zotero connector in Google chrome is often buggy and won't correctly collect the metdata

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Zotero to engage with files and sources before gathering information and use the notes section to record desired information

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows us to quickly share important research backgrounds and transfer PDF's internally

Zotero review by Consultant in Higher Education
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"Effective and Useful"

What do you like best?

I like that I can save papers and looks at them after a while. And also I can organize all the papers in different folders so it make it easy to find them without downloading them.

What do you dislike?

It works better with firefox than with chrome, and I usually use chrome more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are other software that do the same that Zotero but this one really caught my eye.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps when I'm doing research and need to cite information.

Zotero review by User
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"best free reference manager"

What do you like best?

its a free software available to eyeryone

What do you dislike?

problems with stability when handling large data

Recommendations to others considering the product

its the best free reference manager

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

managing references within literature

Zotero review by User in Higher Education
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"Review for Zotero"

What do you like best?

It is user friendly and freely available.

What do you dislike?

I like this software, there is nothing I don't like about Zotero

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend this software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To add and organize references for scientific research papers

Zotero review by User in Higher Education
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"Intuitive Citation Management Software"

What do you like best?

The collaboration and list features are very helpful.

What do you dislike?

The interface is quite dated and could use some modernizing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Collaboration on large research projects.

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