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Hints and Tips: Bibliography

Introduction to the New Zotero-Based Bibliography

One of the major innovations in Parker 2.0 is the inclusion of an integrated, Zotero-based bibliography. Not only will this allow us to update the Bibliography with greater frequency than ever before, but we also hope that it will be provide greater functionality to the users of Parker 2.0.

As an example, let’s use Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, MS 69, a copy of Gregory the Great’s 40 Homilies on the Gospels. Having navigated to the correct page, click on the ‘Expand Bibliography’ button located under the first three bibliographical items, circled below in blue:

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Clicking on the button will open the full bibliography connected to the manuscript being consulted.

Note that each bibliographical entry has a ‘[view full reference]’ link in red following the bibliographical data.

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Clicking on this link take you to a page with more detailed bibliographical information. You can also right-click on this link and chose to open it in a new tab or window. This page also provides a link to any other manuscripts which are mentioned in this reference (in this case, there is only one other manuscript, CCCC MS 159, Gregory the Great’s 42 Homilies on the Gospels.

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After the heading 'manuscript' there is a unique, 11 character, alpha-numeric string, in this case: cf386wt1778. This string of letters and numbers is referred to as a ‘druid’ and serves as a unique identifier for all of the other reference works connected to MS 69 in the Zotero interface. It is circled in blue.

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To the right of the screen you’ll notice a turquoise button with a link to ‘View on Zotero site’. Left-click to be taken directly to the Zotero Bibliography; right-click to open the link in a new window or tab. The resulting page will look like this:

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Let’s take a moment to go through some of the features on this page: If you would like to export this reference, for use in your own bibliographic software, click the button in the upper right that looks like a folder with a green arrow.

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A menu will open in which you can select the desired format for your download. Clicking on the format will start the download to your computer, you can then upload it to your chosen bibliographic software.

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The next button to the right will generate a citation for this item in the style of your choice.

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Simply click the button, then use the drop-down menu to select the style in which you would like your citation. Upon selection, the citation will be generated automatically.

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Additionally, you’ll notice under ‘Tags’, there are two druids. One is the string connected to CCCC MS 69 (cf386wt1778) that was displayed in the Parker 2.0 site, the other druid in this field refers to the other manuscript mentioned in this reference (CCCC MS 159). Some references will have a single druid, others will have many.

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Clicking on a druid will bring up every item in the Parker Bibliography which mentions that manuscript. For instance, clicking on CCCC MS 69’s druid, cf386wt1778, will bring up every refernce that mentions CCCC MS 69.

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Once you have a list of items, you can use the final button in the row in order to add additional information to your list.

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Select additional information by clicking on the tick mark next to the desired field.

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You can then sort by any field by clicking the subject heading. In this instance, I clicked on the heading 'Year' in the table once in order to sort the bibliographical records in descending order by year of publication. If I were to click on the heading again, they would sort in ascending order.

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Finally, clicking on the file folder entitled ‘ParkerProductionBibliography’ on the far left will open the entire bibliography contained in Parker on the Web 2.0. This is searchable from the bar at the top of the page.

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