Zotero and RefWorks

Citation management software records bibliographic citations for future use in generating bibliographies and footnotes in scholarly works.

A number of citation management tools are available. A relatively comprehensive list and comparison of features may be found here.

A comparison of the quality of the Bluebook style output may be found here.

Guides to two of the most popular tools are linked below:


Visit http://www.zotero.org/ to download Zotero.

Visit http://www.zotero.org/styles to download BB style guide (note, the 19th edition style guide is currently incomplete).

Click on Zotero icon in status bar. click on “gear” actions and select “preferences”

  • Under ‘General’ tab --Add check next to “automatically attach associated PDFs and other files when saving items.
  • Under ‘Export’ tab – change your default output format to “Bluebook law Review”

Quick Start Guide


Boston University School of Law - Tools for Making Bluebook CItations and Keeping Track of Research

  • Explains Lexis and Westlaw interoperability

YouTube Videos



Visit https://www.refworks.com/Refworks/newuser.asp to set up a new user account.

  • Important Notice to Off Campus Users: All users from off-campus who are not using our Proxy Server or VPN need to log-in to RefWorks with a UC Berkeley Group Code (Requires CalNet ID authentication).

Adding the BB style (no edition info provided)

  • Click on the Bibliography button
  • Access the Output Style Manager
  • Select the Bluebook Style and Add it to your favorites
  • Go back to the Bibliography screen and select the Bluebook Output Style

UC Berkeley Biosciences Library RefWorks Tutorials

Quick Start Guide and Tutorials



Last edited by Dean C. Rowan, 22 September 2011