Zotero Named One of Top Free Software Programs from PC Magazine

Posted: March 13, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The editors of PC Magazine recently voted the Center for History and New Media’s software program Zotero as one of the top picks for free software in the Feb. 20 issue.

Zotero, an innovative, next-generation scholarly research tool, runs in the Firefox web browser and improves the way research is stored, shared and organized digitally.

Loosely based on an Albanian word meaning “to acquire, to master,” Zotero stores references and notes in the same way that other citation managers such as EndNote do. However, what makes Zotero unique from other similar tools is that it works in the web browser, allowing it to sense, record and share scholarly information on the web.

The Center for History and New Media launched the public beta version of Zotero 1.0 last fall, and the software has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since then. It is available to download at www.zotero.org, and at a size of only 250K, it’s simple to access and use.

A roundup of the best “tried-and-true” free applications, the cover story of PC Magazine singled out Zotero as a must-have Firefox extension. “Our recommendations are the apps that real people use everyday, at work and at home, for all kinds of tasks . . . They’re tried and tested, the best tools you can get — and they’re all free,” the editors wrote.

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