# Why and how I started using Zetero Decided to start using Zotero (https://www.zotero.org/) - Goal: Better keep track my references/sources - Why Zotero? - Best personal research assistant out there - Free and open source - Has great integration with Obsidian - Has browser integrations to quickly capture highlights, sources, references, book information, etc - Highlights can have comments, tags, colors - Highlights can be filtered - Powerful search engine - Organizing sources in Zotero is easy - No folders, collections - Items can be in more than one collection at a time ❤️ - Alternative/Complementary to Readwise Steps - Installed via Winget on Windows - Zotero Chrome connector: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ekhagklcjbdpajgpjgmbionohlpdbjgc - Disabled "Show automatic tags" in the tags pane (coloured box next to the search bar at the bottom) - Integrated with Obsidian - Installed the "Zotero Integration" plugin - Downloaded [[Danny Hatcher]]'s Zotero template pack - Link: https://dannyhatcher.thrivecart.com/zotero-template/ - Reference: https://dannyhatcher.com/using-obsidian-and-zotero-to-write-more-consistently/ - Installed the BetterBibTex plugin for Zotero: https://retorque.re/zotero-better-bibtex/installation/ - Download the XPI file - Open Zotero tools menu and Add-ons window - Drag the XPI - Restart Zotero - Go to Edit > Preferences > Better BibText > Open Better BibText preferences - Customize using: https://retorque.re/zotero-better-bibtex/citing/ - Configured - Select "Download" next to PDF Utility to be able to read Zotero PDFs - Create a citation format - ![[2024-04-23 - zotero integration citation.png]] - Create an import format - Installed and configured ZotFile: https://zotfile.com/ - Each item in Zotero has a unique ID, called the citekey - By default, it uses information from the source (e.g., title, author, year) - Attachments are stored on Zotero's cloud platform, but there are big limitations (300MB) - Alternative: Storing on Google Drive or similar References - https://dannyhatcher.com/using-obsidian-and-zotero-to-write-more-consistently/ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hFJw0kEHlU - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG0TMhB03aE