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Citation Management: Zotero: Organizing references

This guide has been adapted (with permission) from the Scholars Portal Zotero LibGuide.

Organizing references

  • For ease of use, references can be sorted into different folders, called Collections.
  • References can sit in more than one Collection at a time.
  • All of your references will appear in the My Library collection.

To add a new collection at the top level, select My Library, then select the New Collection button. To add a new sub-collection, select the parent collection, then select the New Collection button:

To add a reference to a Collection simply drag and drop it to the appropriate folder icon in the left-hand menu bar. Note that references do not automatically get removed from one Collection when added to another, and that deleting a reference from a collection does not delete it from your library.