You Can Now Use Zotero with the Tyndale Bulletin Style

Bibliography managers like Zotero can take a lot of busywork off your plate.1 One huge advantage is Zotero’s ability to install multiple citation styles.

You might normally write in one style. But you occasionally might need to use a different style for specific projects. Without a bibliography manager, though, you’re left to make changes between styles by hand.

However, Zotero can “automagically” reformat references among any of the styles available. And the styles available now include that for the Tyndale Bulletin.

How to Install the Tyndale Bulletin Style

You can install the Tyndale Bulletin style from the Zotero repository. Or drop your email in the form below, and I’ll send you a direct link to it.

From that link, just click OK when the Zotero Connector dialog asks you if you want to add the style to Zotero. Then, you’ll be good to go.

Differences between Tyndale Bulletin and SBL Style

According to the Tyndale Bulletin’s style guide,

In most respects, Tyndale Bulletin follows the conventions described in the second edition of The SBL Handbook of Style.2

And of course, Zotero has long supported SBL style. But there are also important differences between the styles in some details.

Some of these differences include Tyndale Bulletin’s preferences for

  • British-style punctuation for quotations and any punctuation appearing with them3 and
  • including a work’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI) whenever one is available.4

Quotations

You could spend quite a while accommodating these requirements by hand. But if you install Zotero’s Tyndale Bulletin style, Zotero will be able to handle the type of quotation marks required and the placement of punctuation with them. Just select the Tyndale Bulletin style as the one you want to use in a given document, and you’ll be good to go.

DOIs

Once you start using the Tyndale Bulletin style, Zotero will also start including any DOIs you’ve saved for the works you’re citing.

That said, if you don’t normally ensure you save a DOI when it’s available, you’ll have to add that information to Zotero. Otherwise, Zotero won’t know to include a DOI in a given citation.

It’s not hard to add DOIs where they’re available, however. And thankfully, there are some good tools you can use to help you streamline that process as well.

Conclusion

Just like any other tool, it can take some effort to learn how to get the most out of Zotero. But a good, sharp chisel will beat a toothpick for carving stone any day. Similarly, using a tool like Zotero to support your writing work will vastly streamline the minutiae of that work and let you focus on the writing only you can do.


  1. Header image provided by Magnus Manske

  2. Tyndale Bulletin Style Guide” (Tyndale House, 2021), §4.1. 

  3. Tyndale Bulletin Style Guide,” §8.1. This preference means that commas or periods appear outside a closing single quotation mark in citations of book sections and journal articles. “Tyndale Bulletin Style Guide,” §§11.3.6–11.3.8. 

  4. Tyndale Bulletin Style Guide,” §§11.1, 11.3.2, 11.3.7 

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