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December 6, 2008

Yesterday a friend of mine told me about Zotero.  It’s an extension for Firefox.  You’ll never have to work hard on your bibliography again.

It’ll install a couple of small icon/images on your Firefox screen.  If you press one of those images while you’re on a screen that has book information, say the Library of Congress or WorldCat page for a particular book you’re using, it’ll snag the bibliographic info and put it into your ‘library’ (which is accessed by the other button visible on your firefox page).

You can then export your library into a number of bibliography formats (the default ones include various forms of Chicago/Turabian as well as MLA).  For us seminary geeks, the kicker is the SBL format (not default) that is installable from the styles page.

There is also an extension of Zotero that works directly with Microsoft Word and Open Office… I just haven’t played with that yet.  Oh yeah, there’s an number of other cool features for Zotero… I just like the citing stuff. 🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cameron permalink
    December 6, 2008 8:09 pm

    Ok I was skeptical at first, but once I saw it in action on I was hooked!

    I think the next thing I want to see it do is export in a format that I can read into my industrial strength reference software, but it’s looking good at the moment!

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’!

  2. December 6, 2008 9:15 pm

    Industrial strength reference software?

  3. Cameron permalink
    December 10, 2008 3:31 pm

    Like Bookends (for mac) or Endnote (for pc or mac).

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