Zotero, a free software for bibliography data collection and writing, is available in two form. The first form is web browser add-on (we've prepared the tutorial here), and the second is stand alone application. We will introduce how to install Zotero Stand Alone (GNU/Linux version) in Ubuntu. The benefit of using Stand Alone version is it doesn't depend to web browser anymore so you can focus into books/journals/another sources data collection.
We use these set of software to write this tutorial:
- LibreOffice 4.2
- Ubuntu 14.04 32 bit
- Zotero 4.0.28 Stand Alone
Obtain Zotero Stand Alone for GNU/Linux
What we need to get is Zotero Stand Alone package. This package contains binary "portable" (don't need to be installed) and will ask you to install default-jre and libreoffice-java-common packages (around 40 MB) later. Download it from https://www.zotero.org/download/ in the Zotero Stand Alone section. At this time, the correct URL is https://download.zotero.org/standalone/4.0.28/Zotero-4.0.28_linux-i686.tar.bz2.
Install Zotero Stand Alone and Dependencies
First, extract Zotero package in a directory.
Second, enter extracted Zotero directory. Execute the zotero binary file (in Ubuntu, Nautilus shows the file as a purple diamond icon). See picture below.
Third, this will show you Zotero *LibreOffice Integration installation dialog. Go next and next until it ask you to install default-jre and libreoffice-java-common packages. Accept the installation and wait until they are finished completely. Completed installation results in Installation Successful information.