MLZ book: “Citations, Out of the Box” now available

After four years of preparation, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the MLZ book, Citations, Out of the Box, is now available on Amazon US. It should start appearing in other distribution channels over the next couple of weeks.

I am honoured to include a Foreword by Lawrence Lessig. The cover on the printed version is by Titus Nemeth. I have tried to be thorough in the Acknowledgements: if I left anyone out, please let me know.

For first-time visitors, MLZ is short for Multilingual Zotero, a variant of the Zotero reference manager. In addition to multilingual support, MLZ offers support for legal citation, with initial implementations of the leading styles of Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. Because legal citation styles are quite demanding, a little study is required to use MLZ in legal writing: but for law students, paralegals, academic authors and others who make frequent use of legal citations, reference management technology opens the prospect of significant time savings, and is surely worth exploring.

If you would like to try before you buy, a PDF of the full text is available via CitationStylist (see the drop-down menu under “Home”). The text carries a Creative Commons license (by-nc-nd: attribution, no derivatives, no commercial reuse — commercial reuse is certainly possible, but please contact me in that case).

This is a big step for the project, and there will certainly be corrections and requests for improvement. To follow further developments, subscribe to the News & Views feed on the project site. Corrections and supplements to the text will be posted to the Errata page.

Looking forward!
Frank Bennett

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  6. Roberta Woods says:

    I notice that the Bluebook citation for a US Supreme Court case contains “us” in the parenthetical. For example: Anchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor, 117 S. Ct. 2231 (us 1997). It shouldn’t have “us” in the parenthetical.

    • admin says:

      The Bluebook style partners closely with the Abbreviation Filter, which can control these.

      If you install the Abbreviation Filter plugin and follow these steps, all should be well.

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