Juris-M How-To Page

Video answers to your Juris-M questions


#0.1: What does this do?
Here is a very basic three-minute demo.
#0.2: How to install an abbreviations file?
The steps are shown in this three-minute-demo.

Installing things

#1.1: I have Zotero installed already. How should I install Juris-M?
If Zotero is installed and active when you install Juris-M, you will receive a popup menu asking which tool you want to use. If you choose Juris-M, Zotero will be disabled automatically. Because Juris-M uses a customized version of the word-processor plugins, you will need to disable the other plugin manually, and install the Juris-M version. The steps are shown in this screencast.
#1.2: They say I need the “Abbreviation Filter” to make clean legal citations. How do I install it? And how do I use it?
The Abbrevs Filter provides precise control over the elements in legal (and other) citations. Basic usage (suppressing specific field content, setting abbreviations) is shown in this screen clip on installing and using the Abbreviation Filter add-on.

To suppress a CSL variable that follows an abbreviated element, you can use the following syntax (in this example, we abbreviate “United States Reporter” and “U.S.”, and suppress the authority variable (the court name) when that value is encountered and abbreviated:


To suppress the content of the current variable, enter this as the abbreviation:


The suppression syntax is a computer-y workaround. Ideally we want to keep this kind of thing to a minimum, but in some cases it can’t be avoided.

Adding and editing items

#2.1: I want to cite a book that has editors. How can I add an editor?
To add editors and other “creators” to an item, follow the steps in this screen clip on changing the creator label


#3.1: When I click the sync icon, I get a big message about a conflict. What should I do?
Just choose which of the two versions you want, and click "Finish." This video clip on sync conflicts shows how.
#3.2: Someone said I should turn on automatic syncing. How can I do that?
Automatic syncing is controlled by a tbick-box in Sync Preferences. This screen clip shows how to set automatic syncing, and fulltext index syncing, both of which are Good Things.

Word processor things

#4.1: How can I use the “Quick Entry” popup in my word processor?
There are two entry methods: Quick Entry; and Classic. To select the Quick Entry method, follow the steps shown in this screen clip on setting the word-processor entry method.
#4.2: What is the easiest way to open the Juris-M item for a citation in my document?
The best way uses the Quick Entry method. After checking the screen clip above to be sure you are using that method, watch this video clip on finding a library item from a citation.
#4.3: Someone said I should set “citeproc-js date parsing.” How can I do that?
To use the citeproc-js parser for citation dates, follow this screen clip, which shows how to set the citeproc-js hidden preference.
#4.4: How can I show multilingual fields in my document citations?
This screen clip shows the steps for setting up multilingual citations.