Any scholarly tooters have opinions about zotero as a reference manager?
I LOATHE the user experience of endnote, and I just realized that mendeley (which I've been using for years) is run by Elsevier. This makes me sad, and I would like to start using something else.
@subunitA My goodness do I love Zotero
It has a Firefox plugin for auto-downloading PDF's to your library
You can import dozens of PDF's at a time and it will know what they are
It will auto-format your bibliography in LibreOffice, or export to a BibTeX file, or even a CSV (or a bunch of other stuff)
Also, the name is much more searchable than "Endnote"
@subunitA I really like Zotero when it works. Its auto-citation function can be hit and miss, depending on which library catalog you're using and that sort of thing. However, manually-entered citations work beautifully and that it can change your works cited depending on what you've cited in-text is great.
So I recommend it, just keep in mind it's not always going to be smooth flying. The turbulence in manageable, but it's there.
@subunitA i've never used a different ref manager so i don't have a good comparison point, but i'm pretty into zotero; it's really great for slurping up articles/misc internet pages (i run a firefox plugin and just push a button to save a page for reference, and it also grabs a snapshot). also nice for attaching/linking files. metadata extraction from PDFs is sort of hit or miss, as is bib exporting; it does require some massaging to get things into a shape that works for you.
@subunitA I see others have already recommended it, so I'll keep things short:
a couple of months, I wrote a research review and only had to spend five minutes on the bibliography. it is, to use technical jargon, kinda neat
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