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Zotero for Citation Management

Manage your research and create bibliographies with Zotero.

Collections

About

  • Collections are folders in your Zotero library.
  • Collections can help you organize sources by project or by topic.
  • An item can live in multiple folders.
  • Items removed from a collection will still be available in your Zotero library.

Instructions

  1. To create a new collection, click the New Collection icon (looks like a folder with a plus sign).
  2. Click and drag items in your library into collections.
  3. You can also create sub-collections by right clicking on a particular collection.

Tags

About

  • Tags are descriptors you can apply to individual items.
  • Tags are useful when searching for items.
  • Tags may be used instead of, or in addition to, Collections.
  • Sometimes, tags will be downloaded automatically when you save a source.

Instructions

  1. Click on an item.
  2. From the right panel, click Tags.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Write in your tag and hit return.
  5. TIP: use words that are not in the title of the article in your tags!

Take Notes

About

  • You can take notes in Zotero.
  • Each note will be associated with a specific item/source. This can make it easier to keep track of the source of quotes, notes, and summaries.
  • Notes are searchable.
  • You can have multiple notes associated with a single item.

Instructions

  1. Click on an item.
  2. In the right panel (or lower panel in stacked mode), click Notes.
  3. Click "Add" to start a new note.
  4. Take your notes.