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Zotero is a free reference manager.  It is designed to collect, organise, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero uses connectors to collect data and save to Zotero directly from your web browser. You can cite references from Zotero using MS Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs and more.

Simple instructions on how to use Zotero are provided below. For longer form guides and videos, see the Using Zotero section of this guide:

Installing Zotero

You can download Zotero from the Zotero download page. Be sure to also install a Zotero Connector for your browser whilst on the download page. After installation, you will see a Zotero Word Plugin on your MS Word program. 

Register for an account

Getting referencing styles for Zotero

  • Windows: Go to 'Edit' and then 'Preferences'.
  • Mac: Go to Zotero and then 'Preferences
  • In the pop-up window, click on 'Cite', then 'Styles' and then 'Get additional styles...' as shown below. 
  • Search for a style you need and click on the link. Eg:
    Harvard UTS: Search for ‘University of Technology Sydney – Harvard’
    AGLC: Search for ‘Australian Guide to Legal Citation 4th edition’
    APA: Search for 'American Psychological Association 7th edition'
    Chicago: Search for 'Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (full note)'

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In Zotero, click Edit, then Preferences (this is the last option).

Search for the reference style and select the version you would like to use.

Using Zotero

Zotero provides a Quick Start Guide and also a more comprehensive Zotero Support page that you can use to teach yourself the software.

If you prefer to learn by watching, take a look at this ‘Zotero in 30 minutes’ video by Paul V. Galvin Library

Zotero for Law

Add AGLC referencing style to Zotero by following the instructions outlined above ('Getting referencing style for Zotero')

Then please refer to the Zotero for Law User Guide (PDF) for information on:

  • Manual entry for cases and legislation.
  • Importing references from law databases; Google Scholar, HeinOnline, AustLII, Lexis and Westlaw. 
  • Creating footnotes; and much more.
We also have a pre-recorded Zotero workshop (60 minutes, March 2020) that covers all the main aspects of how to use Zotero for Law.