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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Zotero and DOI grabbing

Zotero has an ever growing wealth of great features that remain somewhat hidden due to a lack of documentation and showcasing. Via a tweet from Trevor Owens I recently discovered that if any webpage contains a DOI, Zotero allows you to import that document's metadata automatically into your library. So if you're, for example, blogging about a journal article that you've just found, you should include its DOI and your readers will be able to grab that article without even going to its web page. If you want to test this feature, just check out your awesomebar: It should have the Zotero grab icon and clicking on it should import the metadata for an article about "Ethical variability". The only downside of this feature is that it can be a bit confusing: normally you'd expect Zotero to import metadata for the current page (or the item that the current page refers to), in this case: my blog post. But this is only a minor issue.


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