Referencing and citing


Recommended for Law. Easily apply the New Zealand Law Style Guide and multilingual referencing.

Jurism is free reference management software that is based on, but separate from, Zotero. Jurism is used with Zotero, the parent software tool. 

Jurism can:

  • record and manage details of your information sources
  • save full-text PDF files
  • generate in-text citations, footnotes, automatic cross-referencing, and bibliographies
  • integrate with word processors

To use Jurism with the New Zealand Law Style Guide you need to install additional software, known as a browser plugin.


This section explains how to install Jurism. It is specific for Law students wishing to use the NZ Law Style Guide

  1. From the Jurism Client page select 'Tools' and download the Jurism standalone for windows. A green Juris-M icon should appear on your desktop or browser.
  2. Download a Browser Plugin - either Google Chrome or Firefox. .
  3. You should now have a green icon on your desktop.
  4. Open your library go to edit - preferences -cite - scroll down the style manager to see JM New Zealand Law Style - this is 2012 version, this means you will have to manually edit some of your references.
  5. Still in Cite go to Word Processors and check that Microsoft Word is installed.
    A detailed guides on installing Jurism created by AUT may be found here for Windows and Mac

Important Note for current users of Jurism. If you update to the new 2023 release, it is important that you backup first. Also, backing up is not the same as syncing to Zotero or to a web browser. 

Adding items to Juris-M

The Jurism how to page has a series of videos.Because Jurism is based on Zotero the instructions can be useful. It is important to be aware some records may require additional editing after being downloaded into Jurism.

Creating in-text citations, cross-referencing, footnotes and bibliographies

When integrated with a word processor Jurism generates in-text citations, automatic cross-referencing, footnotes and bibliographies in a document. The MS Word integration plugin is essential. It will show as an add-in tab in a word document and may be called Zotero.

When you are in a word document the Add/Edit Citation links to the references in your Jurism Library.

To insert a reference select Add/Edit Citation. The first time you will be asked to select the Document Preferences. Select the JM New Zealand Law Style and Footnote.

Jurism will automatically adjust cross-references when changes are made to a document.