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June 5, 2009 8:32 AM Subscribe
How can I optimize my use of Zotero
posted by solipsophistocracy to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a box with several hundred journal articles in it. Most of them have obscene amounts of highlighting and notes written directly on the article or on paper stapled to it. I'm moving across the country to start grad school in a month, and I've realized that hauling all this paper with me is not going to be an effective strategy. That said, all the PhD advice I read says to organize your library early and often, so I'm taking this time to digitize the all the science I've been studying for the past year or so.
After lengthy debate between EndNote and Zotero, I've decided to go with Zotero, and have begun collection citations, tagging articles, making notes, etc. However, I feel like I'm not going about it in the most efficient way. I really like that you can have an item in more than one collection, but I'm stumped as to the best way to start organizing them.
What are your strategies for getting the most out of Zotero? I've also heard about using it in conjunction with bibTex, but I'm totally clueless on that front.
My degree will be in psychology, with a focus on developmental social neuroscience, but I'd love responses from anyone who has had to organize a large body of academic work.