January 18, 2022

Cool Research Tools: Zotero Is Updated, Version 2.1 Now Available (Free)

Zotero, one of our favorite and most used online research tools (citation management, locally archiving web pages, and much more) has just released an update.

If you’ve never used Zotero you might want to take a look.

This powerful tool is also free but it’s an example of a resource that we would very likely pay for.

From the Zotero Blog:

We are excited to announce the release of Zotero 2.1, now available for download at zotero.org. This version offers several cool new features, including:

+ New citation formatting engine: Zotero 2.1 supports Citation Style Language 1.0 styles, dramatically extending Zotero’s capability to generate bibliographic output

+ New user-configurable Locate button supports Pubget, CrossRef, and OpenURL lookups; other search engines can be easily added

+ Improved Word and OpenOffice plugins for Windows, OS X, and Linux

+ Zotero can now run as a browser tab [Awesome!!!]

+ Compatibility with Firefox 4.0

To this point, Zotero continues to be an extension for Firefox BUT that’s CHANGING!

In fact, an alpha version of a standalone app is now available for Mac, Windows and Linux. Learn more and download a copy here.

You can learn more about what’s in the works in this September 2010 blog post, “Zotero Everywhere.”

This superb research tool comes from Professor Dan Cohen and his team at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Finally, as we pointed out a few weeks ago, Professor Cohen was announced as the winner of the 2011 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology.

See Also: Zotero Quick Start Guide

Hat Tip and Thanks: Jill O’Neill

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.