From Knowledge Visualisation tools such as X-Mind to our favourite methods of note taking and ways to best manage your time, we have shared with you some academic necessities that help us study, conduct research, and maximise our efficiency. To wrap up this year’s blogging challenge, we want to show you another tool that has been a godsend and that is Zotero

Loosely derived from the Albanian verb zotëroj, meaning “to Master”, Zotero is an open-source software that helps you collect, organise, and cite your research — indeed, master the data that you collect through the course of your research. It manages all your bibliographic data and any related research material. It allows you to sync your data online, which means you can use Zotero everywhere. The web browser integration (which is my favourite feature) helps you save important books and articles that you intend on using and citing. You can also simply drag a pdf of your choice to the programme and it will create citation records just like that. 

The best part is that, as the developers state on the Zotero website, “Zotero instantly creates references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docks. With support for over 9,000 citation styles, you can format your work to match any style guide or publication.” During my undergraduate, I spent one too many hours doing everything manually — from trying to find the publication date of a book to where a publication house is based — the moment you insert a book’s ISBN or drag a file to Zotero, this information becomes easily accessible.

We would love to know whether you use any reference management tool and if not, we would love to know why. Let us know in the poll below! 

Written by Elena ZolotariovIES PhD Candidate

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