New version of Zotero – 5.0 released, just in time to share with the group

Our NHPRC team has been using Zotero to co-ordinate research related to the grant, and I plan on sharing the wonders of Zotero with the Teacher-participants this summer in a couple of weeks.  If the teachers haven’t tried it before, it is a real treat.  If anyone is already familiar with it, it is helpful to know that Firefox 5 is now available, and runs only as a stand-alone.   More information can be found in this blog post.  https://www.zotero.org/blog/zotero-5-0/

Main take-away for those who previously used the in-Firefox-browser version of Zotero, a re-install of Zotero and a new extension/connector is needed — this can happen in one of two ways (below):

“If you’re using Zotero 4.0 for Firefox, be aware that Zotero 5.0 now runs only as a standalone application, and a new Zotero Connector for Firefox replaces the full Firefox extension. We’ve [zotero] written a separate post explaining this change. [1st way]  Existing Zotero for Firefox users will be automatically upgraded to the Zotero Connector for Firefox within the next few weeks and will need to install Zotero 5.0 to continue accessing their Zotero data locally.   [2nd way]  If you install Zotero 5.0 now, be sure to install the Zotero Connector for Firefox from the download page as well. “

I went through the process today with a patron, and it runs fine.  The zotero-connector functions the way the old Zotero-add-in did, but instead of having both the “Z” and the “resource icon” in the upper-right-hand corner of the browser, you just have the “icon” in the corner, and you need to have the Zotero-stand-alone open in a separate window.

I haven’t had a chance to update our tutorials yet, but thought that those who already use it (including our own team) would want to know that if you get a prompt from Zotero to change anything (i.e. add connector or re-download Zotero to update to 5.0) it is legit.

Looking forward to sharing the even-more-improved version with more researchers!

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