Archive for the ‘Zotero’ Category

46 Research APIs: DataUnison, Mendeley, LexisNexis and Zotero

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

46 Research APIs: DataUnison, Mendeley, LexisNexis and Zotero by Wendell Santos.

From the post:

Our API directory now includes 46 research APIs. The newest is the Globus Online Transfer API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Mendeley API. We list 3 Mendeley mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of research APIs.

I did see an API that accepts Greek strings and returns Latin transliteration. Oh, doesn’t interest you. 😉

There are a number of bibliography, search and related tools.

I am sure you will find something to enhance an academic application of topic maps.

Zotero – A Manual for Electronic Legal Referencing

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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.