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Zotero: Folders & Organizing Citations

This is a brief introduction to the Zotero citation and reference manager.

Using Folders & Organizing Citations

Creating collections (also known as folders) makes it easier to organize your research and generate bibliographies.

There are three ways to create a collection:

  1. Use the Add Collection icon in the upper left of Zotero Desktop
  2. Right click on My Library to add a top-level collection
  3. Right click on any visible collection to add a subcollection within that collection

Add Collections by clicking on the icon in the upper left

After you decide to add a collection, you'll be prompted to name your new collection.

Once you have your collection set up, you can click and drag items into the collection.


Screenshot of cursor hovering over destination folder after clicking and dragging a citation to the folder



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