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Lots of news for the EUI users of Zotero

February 6, 2013

In the past few weeks, there has been lots of news at the EUI regarding Zotero. In order:

(1) Firstly, the troubles between our catalogues and Zotero have now been worked out. Now, EUI users can use Zotero with both the library catalogue (http://biblio.eui.eu) and the discovery tool (http://encore.eui.eu) without encountering any problem of the sort. But, please, let me know ([email protected]) if you experience any problems in using Zotero with our catalogue. Your collaboration is crucial in order to improve our service.

(2) The second piece of news is that during the last days our technicians have been installing, in all the EUI work-platforms, the Microsoft Word integration with Zotero. Let me just remind you its function. This easy-to-use plugin is probably the most flexible way to automatically generate bibliographies—as well as in-text citations and footnotes—through Zotero. It creates dynamic in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies that will be automatically update by Zotero. Correct, for instance, the title of an item in your Zotero library and with a click of a button the change will be incorporated in your texts (find out more here).

(3) The third piece of news is that our technicians have also been installing a new functionality of Zotero that the CHNM team recently launched: the Zotero bookmarklet (http://www.zotero.org/downloadbookmarklet). The Zotero Bookmarklet can be added to almost any modern browser both for desktop and mobile devices. It allows you to save a source to your Zotero library, as long as the Zotero web service recognizes that source. Once you have installed it, the first time you import an item you’ll be prompted to log into Zotero, but if you instruct your browser to save your credentials then it should work automatically henceforth. Note that if you use a non-Zotero server to sync your attachments, the attachments will not be saved to your account. While, if you use Zoteros’s file storage service, the attachments will save without a hassle (as for the Zotero’s file storage service, soon there will be great news for the EUI members, keep you update!).

(4) Finally, today (February 6), Serge Noiret and I will introduce the basic use of Zotero in Villa Schifanoia, Sala Triaria, 3-5 p.m (find out more here). Moreover, next Wednesday (February 13), we will provide an introduction to the advanced use of Zotero in Villa Schifanoia, Sala Triaria, 3-5pm. The program of the latter will be more or less the same of our last introduction to advanced use (find the program here).

I hope to see you either today or, if you already know how to use Zotero and would like to get the most out of it, next week.

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