First of all, i have to confess that i am not such a curious person about technological changes around me. At least, i wasn’t ! Checking emails, taking a look at social networks , reading newspapers and something like that were pretty much all i used to do on the Internet. Of course it sometimes have worked to do my assignments as well .
We took the “introduction to business information system “ course during the last semester and it actually made me take a step to the world of technology more. Even though i wasn’t interested in that much, i had to do something.
Then, we started to take the “business applications” and i have taken a deeper step to technology ,based on computers, by regularly writing blog posts, searching related topics by using “Google Blog Search , making other people interested in what you are doing on the Internet and of course using databases to make your works easier.
Lets take the last one “databases”.
For example: i have figured out how to use WAMP by installing the “wordpress” which we share our posts to edit them easily on my databases.( http://blogs.library.duke.edu/libraryhacks/2011/06/10/zotero-wordpress-together-at-last/)
Now i can explain how it works and why we need to use something like that, but that wouldn’t be my favourite topic to focus on.
I know that it is hard to take a person`s (like me ) attention to this tools, but after reading the last tasks we have to do, ”Zotero” managed to make me curious about it.
Let me explain the reason;
You can check the web site www.zotero.org or even just “Wikipedia” to get to know what it means and then watch a few tutorial videos on Youtube to figure out how it works.
It seems amazing!
I can not believe that i`d never try to use such a tool to do my works easier. I study in abroad and sometimes its hard to find the book in my language or English i am looking for.To do some assignment, write an essay or term paper i need to search e-books, articles, current news and other similar thing on the internet .It really takes so much time when you work with lots of sources without any useful tool like “Zotero”.
That`s why i downloaded and started to use this. To collect your research files, organize and share them is not complicated and hard anymore. Its inside your browser and flexible to take some notes and work on them .
As i said , i usually follow those useful and technological things slowly and little bit late.. That`s why i explain such a popular software “zotero” excitedly like inventing somethingJ
Nevertheless i would like to show how i got and started to use it simply for people especially just like me in those topics. I am going to share some of screenshots which i took in basic steps to use it as well.
First thing you should remember that there are a few types of it and basically it is an add-on for a Firefox. Therefore, if you normally use a Internet Explorer, you should download the Firefox. Except the need for zotero, it is faster and prevent your windows from virus more.
Allow to install it . By the way, it may cause to lose your browser for a while but than it will work. You can see “zotero” at the bottom of your browser. Dont forget that you can use it with “Microsoft Word” or “ Open Office” .
After that, you should install the “word processor plugins”.
Now you can add items from somewhere like “library catalog” ,”Amazon”, and so on.
Lets see how it works with “Amazon”;
While searching any book in there , you can see the little yellow symbol next to the address bar.If you click there ,you can chose any of those items to add your zotero .Than you can organize them by putting in the category and obtain any information as quick as you can do by using it.
In my case, it is really necessary and pretty cool tool to use. But the sad thing happened when i notice that it was a huge waste of time when you avoid those things, like i did .