When you’re writing reports or articles sometimes it can be complicated to keep up with the citations. Microsoft realized what a difficult task it was to create correctly formatted citations which is why they have a new citation wizard in Word 2007. While that is nice not many people are running the pre-release version of Office 2007 but there is a very easy way to keep track of your sources using only Firefox.

That way is using the Zotero Firefox Extension which lets you easily sort all of your sources. The extension will often sense when you are viewing a page for a book, article, or several other things and it will correctly fill in the fields. If there is some information that you need to save along with the page that isn’t a problem because Zotero can save files, PDFs, images, links, and snapshots of web pages along with the citation.

Here are some of the other features that Zotero has to offer:

  • Automatic capture of citation information from web pages
  • Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
  • Flexible notetaking with autosave
  • Fast, as-you-type search through your materials
  • Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches (smart collections) and tags
  • Platform for new forms of digital research that can be extended with other web tools and services
  • Runs right in your web browser
  • Formatted citation export (style list to grow rapidly)
  • Free and open source
  • Shared collections
  • Remote library backup
  • Integration with Microsoft Word and other word processors
  • Access your library from anywhere via the web
  • Advanced search and data mining tools
  • Recommendation engine and RSS feeds
  • Wide variety of import/export options

This isn’t going to be an extension that I have installed all of the time, but if I have to write a report or do some significant research this will be the first thing that I install.

Thanks for the tip Max!