I normally use Endnote 9 + Word 2004 (Mac). Not that Endnote is bad software, but I am interested in alternatives. And since much research on the computer today passes through the browser, it might make sense to have the reference manager built in to the browser. Trying out Zotero therefore seems like a good idea.
So, here begins my test of Zotero. I will use it for my daily work for a couple of weeks – one of which will be spent on the beaches of Tisvildeleje rather than in front of the computer, so don’t expect too quick results of this informal test.
In today’s installment, the first test is simply to get things going.
Installing Zotero 1.0.7 on my Firefox 3 was easy. Exporting my not so big (281 posts) Endnote database to Zotero was also straightforward. Then I installed the Word plugin and tried to insert notes with references. It works.
One problem was that when I exported via Endnote’s Refman filter, only the author’s initials showed up. Could have been fixed by me on the Endnote side, but I tried exporting via the BibTex filter instead. Seems to work.
Things like making new citation styles through the Citation Style Language used by Zotero for citation formatting (only a small standard set is automatically installed) will have to wait.