Archive for June, 2007

Zotero: Too Good To Be Legal?

We are excited to announce a set of seven new translators of particular interest to those who study law. Zotero users can now automatically capture Supreme Court decisions, patents, and laws and regulations. We would like to thank Bill McKinney who developed these translators for our community. Zotero has already been recognized as a great tool for lawyers and legal scholars, and these seven new translators make that all the more apparent. Give some of the new translators a try. See the full list of translators below along with examples of items you could capture.

Law Reviews
HeinOnline (Subscription Required)
e.g. 2 Marq. Sports L. J. 175 (1991-1992)Drugs vs. Privacy: The New Game in Sports; Palmer, Charles A.

Laws/Statutes/Regulations
U.S. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR)
e.g. Title 24: Housing and Urban Development.

Legal Information Institutes
Australasian and New Zealand Legal Information Institute
e.g. The Queen v Shen (NZLII).

British and Irish Legal Information Institute
e.g. Novartis Ag v IVAX Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd.

Canadian Legal Information Institute
e.g. Hsuen v. Ontario Municipal Board Churchill-Basswood Developments Inc..

Cornell’s Legal Information Institute
e.g. John Bruce Hubbard, Petitioner v. United States

USPTO
e.g. United States Patent: 7150217 – Protective body armor.

A Lot Of Buzz Around Zotero

As Zotero continues to gain momentum, we thought we’d again take the opportunity to share some of the enthusiastic responses from our users. Here is a little bit of what people are saying:

“Zotero is making me super happy this week… Rumor has it that once you’re done researching, it can even build you a bibliography, which is freaking awesome. Highly recommended.”
~Author Ariel Meadow Stallings

Zotero is a “powerful tool for capturing the expert analysis and retrieval essential to health sciences librarianship.”
~Mark Desierto, Medical Library Association Newsletter April 2007

“If you write and use citations and references in your writing (lawyers, that would be you), you need Zotero… It’s totally free, open source, and completely awesome… I expect that Zotero will be the new standard in research/reference management.”
~Brandy Karl, an independent copyright, trademark and business attorney in Boston

“The user interface is a joy! No need to enter editing mode or save changes! It downloads in a few seconds…This is how software should work. Go get it!”
~Gustaf Brandberg, a Digital Business Managament Consultant at TietoEnator Digital Innovations

“Zotero, a break-through project out of George Mason University, promises to make digital metadata much more a part of the daily lives of scholars.” It “saves researchers a great deal of tedium and reduces annoying typographic errors in building up their reference databases.”
~Archaeologist Eric Kansa

“Zotero is best experienced though I hope your curiosity is whetted by reading about its capabilities. If you do any kind of research I recommend that you give Zotero a try.”
~Mack Lundy Librarian at the College of William and Mary

“Zotero’s strength is its congruency with the academic work flow. I continue to be impressed with Zotero and I still highly recommend it as a bibliography tool. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?”
~Laura Blankenship, Senior Instructional Technologist at Bryn Mawr College

Zotero “is necessary for Firefox. Be sure to add it to your browser.”
~Writer Anne Cagle

Zotero on Netscape Navigator and Flock

Zotero on Netscape

We are excited to announce that the recently released Netscape Navigator 9.0 is Zotero-compatible. The newest version of Navigator is built on Firefox 2.0 which means Zotero can plug right into the Navigator browser. Netscape users can click the red download button just like Firefox users. We should also mention that the development version of Flock is based on Firefox 2.0 and is also Zotero-compatible.

Upcoming Zotero Presentations

This Thursday, June 7th, Zotero travels to Indiana for a presentation at the New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference and at IUPUI’s Polis Center. The NMC demonstration is from 10:15-11:00 a.m. in room IT 295 of the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex at IUPUI. The demo through the Polis Center is from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 508 at the Cavanaugh Building.

Next Monday, June 11th, Dan Cohen and Trevor Owens will give a presentation at the Library of Congress titled “Zotero: A Personal Research Assistant Inside Your Browser.” The presentation is from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the 6th Floor, James Madison Memorial Building. Those interested in attending the talk should arrive early, allowing extra time for security checks at the entrance to the library.