Zotero is a standalone (and browser app) that allows note-taking, citation, and collection/management of online sources. It is useful for a researcher and allows sharing and collaboration. With Zotero you can attach notes and images to citations, create collections, and create endnotes and bibliographies in many citation styles (including Bluebook).
Adding notes to resources is easy with Zotero. Right-click on the resource and select Add Note. The note will be attached to the resource and is now searchable.
Once installed and enabled, the connector provides a convenient way to save embedded data to your Zotero account. It is recommended you go to you Zotero app and double-check the citation to make sure all fields are complete and accurate.
You can share your work with others so they can add and edit the collections.
Roberta Woods, LibGuides: Zotero: Home, http://law-hawaii.libguides.com/c.php?g=125433&p=821491 (last visited Aug 26, 2017).
Zotero Documentation, https://www.zotero.org/support/ (last visited Aug 26, 2017).
To generate Bluebook citations with Zotero, you must first add the Bluebook style to your Zotero library:
You should now see Bluebook Law Review listed in the Style Manager.
Now make Bluebook your default style:
Zotero will now automatically use the Bluebook format when generating citations.
Use Google Scholar: Copy the case citation from Westlaw or Lexis, and search for the case with Google Scholar. Save the case directly to Zotero from Google Scholar by clicking on the Zotero icon (looks like a scale: ) in your web browser. This is the fastest way to save a copy of the case with the complete citation information to Zotero.
Lexis or Westlaw
Zotero will not automatically fill in citation metadata for items in Westlaw and Lexis platforms. Two work arounds:
1. Manually enter the metadata: Change the document type to "article" or "case" to reveal the proper fields.
2. Download articles as PDFs and let Zotero extract citation metadata from the file.
Drag PDFs into your Zotero library. Right click on the item and select choose "Retrieve Metadata for PDF".
You can install MS Word Add-ins which enable built-in ability to add a citation or bibliography from your Zotero collection.
To utilize, click Zotero in the menu and then Add/Edit Citation or Bibliography.
Start typing the source you want to cite, select it and you are done!
Don't forget to clean up the citation!