Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Do you know Zotero?

Vic-logo_landscape_web-sr_rgb_v3John Prebble and Julia Caldwell, both at Victoria University of Wellington, have written an article on "Zotero - A Manual for Electronic Legal Referencing". If you're like me, you might not have heard of Zotero yet. Here's how they explain it in their abstract:

"This manual explains how to operate Zotero.

"Zotero is a free, open-source referencing tool that operates by “enter once, use many." It captures references by one-click acquisition from databases of legal materials that cooperate with it. Users enter other references manually, with similar effort to typing a footnote.

"Zotero’s chief strength is multi-style flexibility. Authors build libraries of references that are pasted into scholarly work with one click; authors can choose between legal referencing styles, with Zotero automatically formatting references according to the chosen style. Ability to format seamlessly across a potentially unlimited number of styles distinguishes Zotero from competing referencing tools. Zotero afficionados regularly add more styles.

"The present manual is thought to be the only full manual for non-technical users of Zotero. It employs the New Zealand referencing style for examples, but its principles are the same for all styles."

(spl)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2012/05/zotero.html

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