For those of you who took a little time to visit the site of Omeka’s makers, you discovered the wonderful world of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, housed at Virginia’s George Mason University.
What’s so great about the Center? Well, besides making Omeka and offering it free of charge to the public, they also make a number of other great tools helpful to academics, digital librarians, data wranglers and managers, students and just regular people. One such indispensable tool is Zotero, a citation manager that allows users to store citations, copies of PDFs, websites and other electronic articles and books along with their citations, access these items from the cloud, and seamlessly integrate citations from their collections into their Word or OpenOffice documents. Changing citation style with Zotero on the fly is a snap, and the software keeps bibliographies/works cited updated in real time.
Not a Zotero user yet? Give the software a try (it’s free to download and use), and keep your eye peeled for workshops from the Library system and/or from SLIS. It will make your life much easier!