Thing 17: Evernote and Zotero

Evernote and Zotero are two useful tools for library clients (and your own use), each with a slightly different function:

  • Evernote is a cloud based tool for note taking, organising and archiving information (including photos and sound recordings) which allows the user to create tags and to arrange information into notebooks.  Evernote also allows you to easily share information with others and syncs across platforms.  It is quite powerful and can search for text even in images (eg. photos of slides).
  • Zotero provides support to researchers and library clients in collecting, organizing and citing sources with the added benefits of synchronizing and collaborating.  It is an alternative to Endnote and Mendeley.  Although Zotero doesn’t have an official app available for mobile devices, it is quite mobile-friendly if you go to your Zotero website via your mobile browser.  There are several third party solutions available for Android and iOS.



  • Set up a Zotero account for yourself.  It might be easier to do this on your PC.
  • Visit your Zotero website via a mobile browser (smartphone or tablet).
  • Review the information at Zotero for mobile
  • Try the ZotPad (iOS) app for accessing your Zotero account



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  • Do you offer Libguides or other guides to using these types of tools for your clients?
  • Evernote has an API, what types of services could be developed for library clients?
  • Could library staff offering ‘roving reference’ services from a mobile app use Evernote to compile information for a client and share the notebook with them or send the files via email?
  • You can send Tweets and DMs to Evernote by including @myEN in your tweet.  Could you use this to capture useful ‘to do’ notes or as part of a workflow capturing tweets for business records?
  • You can share an Evernote file, perhaps this could be an alternative to sharing a Google doc for team note taking or other activities?
  • People often say they are too busy doing library work to research and write about it … would using Zotero to capture references and Evernote to clip websites, store photos and sound recordings make it easier to research and write ‘in the field’?
  • How could you use the combination of IFTTT and Evernote?


11 Comments on “Thing 17: Evernote and Zotero

  1. Hi,
    The link to Evernote in the first paragraph appears to be broken, I have tried a few times with no luck. Thanks

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  8. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!
    It’s the little changes that produce the greatest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

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