Zotero! Endnote-free bibliography tool
Now I have Firefox 2.0
at last I can try Zotero
! Zotero claims to do most of the things I used to like about Endnote, and much much more, with none of the horrible "side effects" like when Endnote takes over your computer and makes it feel like 286 or Return of 1984.
Even with just half an hour playing with Zotero I am hugely impressed, it:
- grabs references from the University library and from EBSCO
- lets me save the PDF to my hard-drive and link it to the reference
- automatically guesses the format book/article etc., but allows me to change that later
- lets me write notes about the item
- does not slow my computer down to a crawl
- or cite as I write (happily letting me create my bibliography and citations, but only create the bibliography when I am good and ready
So far I have only two reservations:
- There is not yet a format for book reviews - and although it is not something I often do, sometimes one wants to cite a reviewers comments on a work one is discussing. (I have mentioned this on the Zotero forum, so maybe it will be added, that's a great advantage over this sort of open[ish?] software development.
- Though it handles the University Library catalogue brilliantly (it's Voyager) it does not cope with the Carey library (which is Liberty3)