Archive for April, 2007

This Week’s Zotero Events

This Tuesday, May 1st, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., George Washington University’s American Studies Department is hosting an Introduction to Zotero workshop. The workshop will be held on the second floor of the American Studies building at 2108 G St. Space is limited, so if you would like to attend the workshop please email

For Zotero enthusiasts on the West Coast, this Thursday Dan Cohen will talk about Zotero and digital research at the Stanford Humanities Center from 1-3 p.m. The presentation will be held in room 121A Green Library.

Server Down Again 4/29

The servers at the Center for History and New Media will again be down for scheduled maintenance on Sunday, April 29 starting at 7:30 am EDT. Service should be restored by 10 am EDT at the very latest. These service updates will affect all CHNM sites, including We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Scheduled server downtime

The servers at the Center for History and New Media will be down for scheduled maintenance on Sunday, April 22 starting at 8 am EDT and lasting from 4-12 hours (we hope no more than 6 hours). These service updates will affect all CHNM sites, including We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Zotero & Wikipedia: Perfect Together

We are pleased to announce that Zotero users can now automatically grab references mentioned in Wikipedia using the popular online encyclopedia’s native citation format. The release of Zotero 1.0 Beta 4 also includes Wikipedia Citation Templates as a new export format to add references into Wikipedia. To easily copy and paste formatted citations into Wikipedia, you can use the new “Quick Copy” feature: first, specify Wikipedia as the output style by clicking the gear icon above the left pane of your Zotero window, choosing “Preferences,” and selecting “Wikipedia Citation Templates” from the pull-down menu under the “Export” tab. Next select individual references or collections in your Zotero library, press the copy keystroke (default Cmd-Shift-C or Ctrl-Alt-C), and paste the contents of the clipboard into the source code of a Wikipedia article.

By incorporating print-based references in Wikipedia articles, users help to bring offline resources into new relationships with online resources. Moreover, because the Wikipedia citation templates for books and articles embed COinS tags in each bibliographic entry (see, for example, the Wikipedia article for “Amphibian”), users can not only export Zotero references into Wikipedia, they can also import Wikipedia references into Zotero. This read/write relationship promises to allow information to better circulate through various scholarly communication networks.

To demonstrate the new Wikipedia style export feature, CHNM’s Trevor Owens has added a list of references to the Wikipedia article for MIT media scholar Henry Jenkins by automatically importing the relevant bibliographic metadata from the Library of Congress online catalog into his Zotero library and exporting it as formatted citations into Wikipedia. These citations can in turn be ingested into the libraries of other Zotero users consulting the article.

Annotate and Highlight Your Archived Pages

One of Zotero 1.0 Beta 4’s most exciting new features is its in-page annotation functionality. With this feature you can now work with web resources in the same way you would with printed materials by highlighting and adding sticky notes to your archived pages.

When you open a web-snapshot you will now see the annotation tool bar:

Click the highlight icon to turn your cursor into a highlighter, then click and drag to highlight text. If you decide to undo your highlighting, you can click the un-highlight icon and select text to remove the highlighting.

To add sticky notes, click the add annotation icon. Now wherever you click on the page you will add a sticky note. You can hide the annotation by clicking on the collapse annotation speech bubble in the top right corner of the note. To resize the note, click the bottom right corner and drag. If you would like to delete a sticky, click the delete annotation box in the upper left corner of the note. To toggle all your annotations in and out of view, click the show and hide annotation buttons on the annotation toolbar.

The annotation functions now available in Zotero 1.0 Beta 4 make an already solid platform for digital research even more powerful. By allowing you to work with archived web snapshots in the same ways you would with conventional print resources, these annotation features help to streamline the digital research process.

To see a screencast of the new annotation features in action, click the thumbnail below: