After yesterday’s post about a couple important updates to Zotero’s SBL style support, John Harris suggested that some kind of Zotero tutorial or “how to” post might be useful. Since this information might be beneficial to others also, the Learning Commons has a pretty good YouTube playlist (48:57) assembled, which should provide some good introductory material about Zotero.
Since the stable release of Zotero Standalone is still fairly new, some help material, even on Zotero’s website, still refers to the software as a “Firefox extension.” The standalone version does have some limitations, for example, in terms of attaching web pages or snapshots to Zotero items, but the standalone version’s performance also seems to be a good bit better than that of the Firefox extension. The standalone version also works with Chrome and Safari. As a work around for some of Zotero Standalone’s limitations, however, both the Firefox extension and the standalone version can use the same Zotero library. So, one can also install the Firefox extension to use its fuller functionality as needed but still use the standalone version for its better performance when simply accessing the Zotero library or when integrating with a word processor.
This month, a couple significant updates have come through the pipe for Zotero’s SBL style. First, footnoted citations containing parentheses will, if placed within parentheses themselves in the citation editor, now automatically change the inner parentheses to square brackets in compliance with the SBL handbook’s deference to Chicago Manual of Style (e.g., 15th ed., §6.102) on this point. Second, the style now more accurately handles citations of titled sections within works.
To download the most recent version of Zotero’s SBL style, go to the style repository, click “Theology,” and find “Society of Biblical Literature (Full Note).”
Zotero 3.0.1 is now available. The update includes several bug fixes and some important performance enhancements for LibreOffice integration. For the change log, see here.
The stable release of Zotero 3.0 is now available:
Zotero 3.0 marks a major departure from previous versions, most notably with the new ability run outside the Firefox browser. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, this standalone version of Zotero contains all the great functionality of the old Firefox-based Zotero but now enables users to integrate Zotero into browsers other than Firefox like Google Chrome and Apple Safari. To all you Firefox lovers out there, no need to worry! Zotero continues to work within Firefox, and even if you choose to run the standalone version, it will talk to Firefox, too.
The standalone version of Zotero isn’t the only major news: Zotero 3.0 is loaded with other new features. Duplicate detection, heavily requested over the last few years, has finally made an appearance. We hope you’ll agree it has been worth the wait: an elegant interface allows users to find and merge duplicate items. Also arriving with Zotero 3.0 is slick new word processor integration. A streamlined dialog box allows users to add and references to documents quickly and efficiently (and it’s pretty, too). References in word processing documents are also now easily shareable with other Zotero users without using groups and even with people using other compatible software.
Apparently, the Gnome desktop environment for Linux systems has an issue with handling some user-specified default application choices. When using Zotero in Ubuntu, therefore, it may be necessary to edit /etc/gnome/defaults.list manually in order to have Zotero default to a PDF viewer besides Evince (e.g., Okular). Changing the “application/pdf=evince.desktop” line in this file to reflect the desired PDF viewer default (e.g., “application/pdf=kde4-okularApplication_pdf.desktop”) seems to do the trick, however. For more information, please see Zotero’s help forums and knowledge base.
- Zotero 3.0b1 for Firefox,
- Zotero Standalone 3.0b1 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and
- Zotero Connector Betas for Chrome and Safari.