I once saw a tweet that referred to Zotero as the author’s ‘secret academic boyfriend.’ I don’t know that I love it with that kind of intensity, but I did have cause to be grateful for it today. My colleague and I were discussing the WordPress workshop and I wanted to run past her the help guide for WordPress that illustrates a nifty exercise for deciding what to blog about – really, one of the harder questions that our students will have contend with. Thankfully, I had saved it into a folder I made in Zotero in my Firefox browser, making it a cinch to pull it up and share it with her.
Zotero is a Firefox add-on and it runs within the browser on your computer. It provides a place to organize links to resources and even upload documents. It then lets you output bibliographies in a variety of citation formats (including Blue Book). You can sync it another computer or online. Pretty nifty.