I just found a way to use Zotero to save me heaps and heaps of time.
I use a lot of Creative Commons images from Flickr in my presentations.
I usually upload them to slideshare.net, which means I am stringent about attributing the image with a “Media Credits” slide at the end. I have been cutting and pasting the details from Flickr. With the URL, the author/date and the image title all being in different spots, this was three separate transactions that took a couple of minutes per image.
Now Zotero – the Firefox extension that organises citations, saves the day. It recognises when I am browsing a Flickr image and knows how to harvest the data I need. One click adds the citation to my Zotero library, then I can just drag and drop the title on to my “Media Credits” slide and the entire citation is dropped there, in whichever format I specify.
Here’ s a little video clip I made to show how it works, Using Zotero with Flickr and PowerPoint .
UPDATE: Zotero also can save, store and organise your academic citations on the web. This short clip is worth every one of the three minutes it takes to watch it, Zotero 1.5 Screencast .