Review: Zotero makes research easier, faster, more robust

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    Zotero is and easy to use, free, and fast. It's a lifesaver for students.

Everyone researching with electronic sources knows the pains of collecting articles, managing a library, and, worst of all, creating citations. Zotero is a veteran (and completely free) browser add-on that solves nearly all these problems. Originally available only for Firefox, cross-platform tool Zotero has recently become available for Chrome and Safari as well via its standalone desktop version.

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Zotero's plugins for Microsoft Office and LibreOffice make it easier to track citations.

Zotero makes it easy to collect research papers off the Web, attach PDFs, find relevant articles in your library, and sync it across PCs. With the help of a Microsoft Word/LibreOffice plugin, Zotero takes the pain out of citations and bibliography, doing all the heavy lifting for you, using any of the major citation styles. It's indispensable for students.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Zotero is and easy to use, free, and fast. It's a lifesaver for students.

    Pros

    • Add new sources from the Web with a click
    • Word processor plugin make citations and bibliographies a breeze
    • Easy to sync and collaborate

    Cons

    • Microsoft Word plugin available only for Firefox users
    • No mobile app
    • LibreOffice/OpenOffice plugin requires Java
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