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Integrate Zotero in Ubuntu 12.10

26 Mar Zotero Standalone in the launcher

This has been tested in Ubuntu 12.10, but should probably work flawlessly with other versions – please let me know!

Zotero is an amazing open-source reference management software that integrates in your browser, your office suite and even as a standalone app. It is supported by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media – go have a look at their website, it is well documented. It is without a doubt the best of its kind in the FLOSS ecosystem.

Here is how to use it to its full capabilities in Ubuntu.

Get plugged-in

You should start with installing the plug-in / add-on / extension / whatever you want to call it in your Internet browser.

In Firefox, go to “Tools > Add-ons” and search for “Zotero”.

In Chromium / Chrome, go to “Tools > Extensions > Get more extensions” and search for “Zotero Connector”.

After installing one of those, you will be able to add references to you database by clicking on the icon that appears in the address bar.

Quick link to add a reference to Zotero

Click the icon that appears in the toolbar to add a new reference to you database. The icon – here, the little book – depends on the kind of reference Zotero detected.

In Firefox – the browser for which Zotero was originally designed – you can invoke the Zotero panel by hitting CTRL + SHIFT + Z in order to have a look at your collected references.

Get Zotero Standalone

To be able to use Zotero as a separate app, you will need to install Zotero Standalone.

A very well-kept PPA (“Personal Package Archive”) can be added to your software sources in order to always have an up-to-date version of the app. To add it, follow those easy steps:

  1. Open you Terminal by hitting CTRL + ALT + T
  2. Copy and paste those code lines:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:smathot/cogscinl
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install zotero-standalone

    …and press Return after each one, then follow the prompts

  3. And you should be all done!
Screenshot from 2013-03-26 22:07:51

Zotero Standalone can be locked to the launcher for easy access.

You can now manage you database directly from the desktop.

Zotero standalone

Fancy that.

Integrate Zotero in your office suite

Finally, you just need to be able to cite away like a boss directly from your office suite, be it Apache Open Office or LibreOffice.

This could not be easier.

Simply into Zotero Standalone, navigate in “Edit > Options… > Cite > Word processors” and install the extension directly from there.

You should be able to see a new toolbar in Writer!

Zotero integration in LibreOffice

The toolbar in LibreOffice, with the nifty citation dialogue

This makes it über easy to insert citations in document, as well as directly adding the whole corresponding bibliography at the end, which will automatically update as you go. Fucking rad, in my humble opinion.

If you need to tweak your citation, you can always choose the oldschool citation dialogue that lets you edit it, which is pretty useful if you want to integrate it in a sentence for example, like Grünenschweinbergen (2006) and Ög (2009) profusely did in their respective papers. (This can be permanently toggled in the same “Cite” panel of the standalone app’s preferences.)

So there you go. Hopefully you will find this little how-to useful, and will enjoy citing away like one bloody should.