Goodbye 3×5 cards.
No, really, this time I mean that you must get rid of these cards and jump feet first into the web-based research revolution. Easybib was cool, but this is awesome.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use, open source research tool that runs in the Firefox web browser and helps scholars gather and organize, annotate, organize, and share the results of their research. It includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)â€”the ability to store full reference information in author, title, and publication fields and to export that as formatted referencesâ€”and the best parts of modern software such as del.icio.us or iTunes, like the ability to sort, tag, and search in advanced ways. Using its unique ability to sense when the user is viewing a book, article, or other resource on the web, Zotero willâ€”on many major research sitesâ€”find and automatically save the full reference information in the correct fields.
Wow! I am an avid Endnote user, so playing with this is going to be cool. So far, I was able to capture the entire citation info from a book listed on Amazon with one-click and capture a website’s info, too. It requires FF2.0, so I lost Session Saver. But it is worth it to have Zotero.
Combined with an RSS aggregator and Google Notebook, this could radically change the ways that students do research.