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Public Health: Zotero

This guide offers a collection of sources and services to support public and community health-related research.

Bibliographic Manager - Zotero and Juris-M variant

Zotero and Juris-M logos

You can use Zotero and Juris-M on Mac, Windows and Linux.

Choosing the Standalone vs. the Firefox Plug-in (in Zotero and Juris-M)

Standalone vs. Firefox Plugin vs. Bookmarklet:

(Applies to both Zotero and Juris-M)

Use the Firefox Plugin if:

  • You want Zotero or Juris-M to work at its best and have all its features work.
  • You don't mind using the Firefox Browser
  • You don't want to install anything (It is just Firefox plug-ins)
  • You want Zotero or Juris-M to automatically redirect to database articles accessed via a proxy, and automatically import file attachments. (for example, from HeinOnline.)
  • You want your Zotero or Juris-M library stored on your computer.

Use the Standalone if:

  • You want to use Chrome or Safari
  • You don't mind downloading software to your computer
  • You don't want Zotero or Juris-M to take up space in the browser window and want your Zotero or Juris-M library to appear in a separate window.
  • You want your Zotero or Juris-M library stored on your computer.

Zotero Bookmarklet - Another Option.  Use it if:

  • You don't want to install extensions OR software
  • You want to use almost any browser
  • You are O.K. with items going to your online library at Zotero.org, not your computer

The negatives of using the Bookmarklet are:

  • Items go to the root of the library, not specific folders (collections)
  • You won't be able to scrape all the websites that you can scrape using the Firefox extension or the Standalone.
  • You can not use Zotero's word processor plugin.

This option is only for Zotero.  But you can import items from Zotero to Juris-M.

See https://www.zotero.org/support/installation

Keeping Organized in Zotero and Juris-M

Zotero and Juris-M create a library of citations and attached documents.  You can organize your citations into different collections (folders), similar to creating playlists in iTunes.  With saved searches, you can create smart collections that automatically fill with relevant materials as you add them to your library.

You can also assign tags to your library items.

 

Zotero/Juris-M Automatically Adds References for...

Screenshot of Firefox toobar with Juris-M icon in the toolbar.

In Firefox, you can click on the M icon in the toolbar to automatically add references via Juris-M for (If you are using Zotero, it will be a Z icon):

  • Lexis Academic
  • Hein Online
  • ZipSearch
  • University of Akron Library Catalog
  • Proquest
  • Web pages
  • PubMed
  • Worldcat
  • Jstor

But references from Lexis and Westlaw must be added manually.  

 

 

Getting Started with Juris-M

How to Install:

  1. You may want to use Juris-M on the Firefox browser, as it seems to work best on Firefox. You can install Firefox via the Mozilla website.
  2. A. If you want to use the Standalone: 
    From the Juris-M Downloads page, download Juris-M for Windows or for Mac. You should see a green Juris-M icon on your desktop or browser.   THEN  install a Browser Plugin – either Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox, which will serve as a connector, 
    OR

    B. If you want to use the Firefox Browser plug-in: 
    From the Juris-M Downloads install the Firefox.  Install Auxiliary plug-ins (such as word processor plug-ins for Word or LibreOffice) as needed to replicate the functionality of the Stand-alone.  
  3. From the Juris-M Downloads, scroll down the page to Citation Stylesheets. Install JM Indigo Law Review and/or JM Indigo.
  4. From the Juris-M Downloads,install the Abbreviations Filter.This enables you to use abbreviations to generate the full names of journals and law reports.

For Linux installation tips, go here.

Go to the special instructions when Zotero is already installed on your computer. Be aware that you can import references from Zotero to Juris-M.

Double Check Bibliographies and Footnotes Generated

Juris-M does the best job of on Bluebook Law Review citations of any reference management software tested.  See Comparison chart.  But it is NOT perfect, so be sure to double check your citations.

Importing Records to Zotero and Juris-M

Zotero - You can import records from Endnote, Refworks, etc. to Zotero or Juris-M.  But you will have to export the Refworks (or other) files first.

See Zotero's documentation on Importing Records from Endnote.

See NCSU Libraries, Exporting Citations from Refworks to Zotero

 

Zotero – Some Document Types that are Formatted Well

Conference Papers

Zotero formats a paper from a conference better than many other reference managers. Often in the reference section of a paper, citation styles format a paper published in conference proceedings differently than an unpublished paper. There are additional fields that are used by Zotero that provide better support for conference papers.

Patents

Zotero has a filing date field as well as an issued date. This enables proper formatting of patents in particular citation styles, such as Chicago style that requires both. Some reference managers couldn't format the reference this properly in this case.

Searching Zotero/Juris-M Library

Zotero and Juris-M searches the citations and will also search the fulltext of pdf attachments. See Searching (Zotero Documentation)