Zotero : A Bibliographic Manager in Your Browser

zotero-sm.gifZotero is a free Firefox extension that lets you gather citations from a variety of sources, organize and annotate them, and print or export bibliographies in a variety of formats.

It knows how to recognize and extract bibliographic information from many resources, including the NOBLE library catalog, our EBSCO databases, and many other sites including Amazon and the New York Times. When you are on a page with information about a single book, CD, movie, etc., you will see a small icon for that format in the location bar. Click on it, and you’ll save the citation to your Zotero library. If you are on a search results page with a list of books, CDs, etc., you will see a folder in the location bar. Click on this, and you can select which titles to add to your bibliography.
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Firefox Extensions for Webmasters

One of the great things about the Firefox browser is that there are so many great extensions to add all sorts of new features. Many of these can help you design, maintain and improve your library’s website. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Web Developer Toolbar — This extension adds a large set of useful functions for working with your website, including the ability to outline or label various elements; to disable Javascript, images, etc.; to view and edit a copy of a stylesheet and see the results, and much more.
  • MeasureIt — This handy little extension makes it easy to measure any element or section of a web page
  • ColorZilla — This extension allows you to quickly identify color information about any point on your browser screen, create your own palette of favorites, and use other handy color tools
  • LinkChecker — Quickly checks and color-codes the links on the current page.
  • Fangs — If you’re working on accessibility issues, this extension shows you how a page looks when parsed by the JAWS program.