Originally published on Athabasca Landing site:
July 12, 2011 – 4:13pm
If you are using a closed source or commercialware application for referencing, then your archival reference database will be weaker than choosing an open-source alternative. Anyone who has endured watching a file format (and/or software application) shutdown due to laws that allow any computer company to sell you software then have that software shut down, know what I am talking about. Examples include Freehand, Hypercard, and Owl Guide.
Zotero has great referencing features blended into a Firefox plugin for MAC and PC. In addition, plugins exist for Microsoft Word, Open Office, and now LibreOffice. Given that the Zotero application is stable, open-source, and free – then why is it that when I talk to educators, no one has heard of this software?