Zotero and reading lists

Is it possible to incorporate a list of readings into the body of a document and maintain the live link to Zotero? My purpose in this case is developing a syllabus, with a list of readings week by week. I know I can copy the reference into the body of the document, but it loses its link to my Zotero library at that point. I can also use footnotes, numbered references or author-date, but that means the full reference is either in the footnote or in the reference list.
  • It's a trivial change to a style to make this happen. What style do you want?
  • Chicago would be fine. Thank you!
  • Download the CSL source file for Chicago (full note) from here: https://www.zotero.org/styles/chicago-fullnote-bibliography

    Open the file in a text editor like Notepad or TextEdit. In the very first line, change:

    Change the style title and id lines to something else (to avoid overwriting the standard Chicago style). Save the file and install the style in Zotero.

    General guidelines on editing CSL files here:
  • Thank you very much bwiernik.

    I have created a new xml file on my computer. I can't quite figure out how to install it. From Zotero preference/Cite/Styles the "Get Additional Styles" link takes me to the Zotero Style Registry and clicking the "+" link I am able to see the xml file in my directory but it is greyed out and won't let me select it.

    I'm missing something simple, probably.

    I'm on a Mac using Firefox latest versions.

    Thanks so much for your help.

  • edited January 26, 2017
    The file type needs to be .csl (just change your file extension from .xml to .csl).
  • I'm close, but....

    I'm getting an error from Zotero that it is not a valid style file. The full style is too long to paste into this comment, and the comment features of this discussion forum renders the HTML instead of showing it, but perhaps you will be able to see the problem.

    BTW, changing the type of the file was a little more difficult. In Finder on the Mac, I used "get info" on the file and changed the file type there, and was prompted whether I really wanted to change the file type, which I did.

    Thanks again.


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (note) in-text

  • It's hard to say what's wrong without seeing your code. To share long code on the forums, making a "Secret Gist" here: https://gist.github.com and post the link here.

    In any event, I made a version of the style myself that you can download here:
  • That works perfectly!

    Many thanks. I'm a recovering Pascal/Fortran programmer from the '70s, so I need all the help I can get!

  • This solution offered by bwiernik has taken care of my problem, for which I am most appreciative.

    A reading list style may offer a broader application for Zotero for those assembling reading lists for course syllabi or other purposes. Perhaps this could be a future Zotero feature.

    One suggestion is that it would be better if the reading list style handle multiple sources in a single Zotero reference, putting each reference in a single paragraph, and preserving sequencing instead (i.e., not alphabetizing). As written right now the reading list style puts multiple references in a single paragraph, separated by semicolons, like a footnote. So in order to have a sequenced list of entries each reference must contain a single source.

    My thanks again for the assistance.

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