Zotero – A Manual for Electronic Legal Referencing by John Prebble and Julia Caldwell.
From the 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.
Probably better to say:
“This manual explains how to use Zotero for legal citations.” (And go ahead and put in the link to Zotero, which is a really nifty bit of software.)
Uses New Zealand law for examples.
Do you know if anyone has done U.S. law examples for Zotero?
BTW, Zotero does duplicate merging:
Zotero currently uses the title, DOI, and ISBN fields to determine duplicates. The algorithm will be improved in the future to incorporate other fields.
Zotero could be a light-weight way to get users to gather content for later import and improvement in a topic map. Worth checking out.