60 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2012 Last revised: 29 Mar 2015
Date Written: May 1, 2013
This manual explains how to operate Zotero. The manual has been updated to reflect changes to the style in May 2013.
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.
Keywords: Zotero, The New Zealand Law Style Guide, electronic legal referencing, manual, legal styles
JEL Classification: K10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Caldwell, Julia and Prebble QC, John, Zotero - A Manual for Electronic Legal Referencing (May 1, 2013). Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 18/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2033476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2033476