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Sunday, July 06, 2008
  Zotero and SBL manual of style
Back in April there were some problems with using Zotero with the (then under development) SBL Manual of Style "Citation Style" at least when adding page numbers. At the time we were told it would be fixed in version 1.0.4. It probably was, but I forgot to check, and now we are on version 1.0.5 and it seems to be working fine. So, anyone who has been holding off using SBL in Zotero, as long as you have been allowing updates, go for it!

A superb, free, bibliography manager now got even more useful for biblical scholars, though I still have a small gripe, Zotero does not yet know how to handle book reviews :( the main styles for this are covered by this Duke University Library page and you can see how much fiddling would be needed to change a Zotero reference like this from one style to another!

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Friday, June 06, 2008
  E-texts and the SBL Handbook of Style
Danny has a fine post: Electronic editions of texts and the SBL style in which he makes sensible suggestions for citation styles for e-texts from Bible software packages. The issue is not trivial, because I sense as Danny does "After all, it is the way the citation looked in my footnotes that caused Mike and Craig to object to them." that many of my colleagues' preference for citing paper works comes from the ugly citation styles (and/or from ignorance of the proper style to use ;-0 for e-texts.

So how about a session at CARG devoted to recommending citations styles for e-texts, which could then go to the proper quarters to be included in the next edition (ten years is a very long time in scholarship in the 21st century ;-) of the SBL Handbook of Style.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008
  Backup Zotero!
For those who have not backed up their Zotero databases. Zotero is brilliant, but one feature it needs is an easy way to backup the data. No one wants to have to recreate the database for a whole thesis or book! Till the wonderful people who program Zotero get that fixed here's how to DIY a backup (with a video for those who like to SEE how:
In "Documents and Settings" under "Application Data" and hidden under "Mozilla" in the "Firefox/Profiles" directory is one for "Zotero" just COPY that to a CD or memory stick and you are safe(r).

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Monday, April 14, 2008
  Zotero does SBL
Just a note to any Bibliobloggers currently hesitating before starting to use a real and really simple bibliographical tool instead of EndNote, and thus reclaim the power they thought their PC had from that engulfing monster from the deep.
Zotero has begun to work on supporting the SBL Manual of Style as one of the many stylesheets it can output. At present it is "dev", but on a short test seems to be working pretty well...


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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
  Zotero is brilliant, and integrates nicely
In the comments discussion on my post below about Zotero - the free open bibliography and citations manager - I may have helped mislead people. I had not then been using the wordprocessor integration feature. I now have, it is great. And works just as well in MS Word as it does in Open Office on my PC (I assume that the Mac and Linux versions are as superb).

Here are two quick and dirty screencasts to demonstrate:



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