UTS Library

Referencing: Harvard UTS and Zotero

Harvard UTS Referencing

The Library has comprehensive guides and tutorials to help you with referencing.

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Zotero is a free, open source, referencing tool designed to be used within Firefox. It can also be downloaded as a standalone product, and works best with a browser extension  (Chrome and Safari) and Microsoft Office plugin.

Download directly from Zotero.org. You will also have the option of adding browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Installation instructions are available from the Zotero support pages.

Storage and Syncing

Single computer use: if you plan to use Zotero exclusively on one computer, then storage will only be limited by the size of your hard drive.

Multiple computer use: you can also sync your references to the Zotero server, however, there is a limit of 300MB with a free account. To sync, you just need to create a Zotero account.

If you would like to use Zotero to sync PDFs and other files as well, then we recommend setting up a different storage solution. Zotero offers paid storage options and WebDAV. Dropbox and other cloud storage can be configured as well using plugins like ZotFile, but check the forums first, as some people have reported problems with stability / functionality. By default, Zotero will grab and store PDF files for you, so change the General Settings if you wish to disable that feature.

If you have questions about downloading or using the software, there is extensive support available from Zotero's Support pages.

Word processor plugins (Microsoft Word, Open Office)

To use the in-text citation features, download the word processor plugins with a compatible system.

You can also download from Zotero by going to Settings > Cite.

Customise Zotero to work with UTS Library:

Add the Harvard UTS style

  • Download this CSL file (in some browsers, you may need to right click, then select Save Link As)
  • Open Settings > Preferences > Cite
  • Select the Style tab > click + to find and add the downloaded file 

Add the UTS Library's OpenURL

  • Open Settings and select Advanced
  • Under the OpenURL, paste this in: http://sfx.lib.uts.edu.au/sfx_local
  • Now when you use the Library Lookup function, it will search for the full text
Other Zotero guides:

Other referencing software

See our Referencing web pages for information about EndNote, RefWorks and Mendeley.