I’ve been reading a lot of posts about Zotero lately, most recently this one at ACRLog, which brings up an issue I have not given voice to yet- I don’t talk about Zotero too much at work because we subscribe to, and are busy promoting- RefWorks. I feel sorta like a traitor. But in my own research, Zotero has been an absolute godsend. I truly believe students are better off using Zotero, because they can store, annotate, and, if they install on a portable version of Firefox as I have, take their database anywhere, even places without an internet connection. Not to mention, when they graduate, they can take all their research with them and not have to pay $100 a year.
When I first started at my job, I attended a training session given by a ReWorks representative, and was amazed and excited. It was only a few short months later I discovered Zotero. It’ true that some things – especially resources offered through the university library – are a little harder to get into Zotero, but then, everything outside the library is harder to get into RefWorks.
So that’s where I stand. I still feel like a traitor, and a little sheepish when someone from the library asks me “don’t you use RefWorks?” I meekly tell them I use this really cool free and open source product called Zotero instead.