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Zotero can collect and organize your citations for upcoming articles, conference presentations, and other research projects you may be working on. It has a built in feature that, with a click of a button, will grab citation information from a source you are viewing. The information it grabs includes author, title, publication title, publication date, and page range. It can also grab extra information, like the date you viewed the source, when needed. All your citations are collected and organized in your own personal Zotero library - no more searching your computer, email, or documents for a list of resources you collected.
Working on a collaborative research project? Use Zotero to collect sources using the Group function.
Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects and can be used for student group projects.
You will now have two sections in your Zotero collections pane: My Library and Group Libraries. You may need to adjust your Zotero sync settings to view group references. You can adjust your sync settings in your Zotero 5.0 desktop application under "preferences". Personal and group libraries are entirely separate, and changes made to items in one library do not affect the other. You can drag items back and forth libraries to copy items.
Note that group library storage goes against the owner of the group. You can set the group setting to not include full-text attachments which will significantly reduce storage consumption.
You can also join existing Zotero group libraries. To join an existing Zotero library, search for it at zotero.org/groups or be invited by the group’s owner.
Use Zotero to create a curated list of all your research and share it with anyone. You can add citations for research papers, conference presentations, conference proceedings, books, books chapters, and more. Once you have your curated folder with your research, share it out by linking on your faculty page, social media, or on your business cards.
Zotero can be incorporated into your courses in a few different ways. You can use Zotero to share course readings with students or curate bibliographies to share with students. You can assign students to create their own set of bibliographies or use Zotero for groups projects to collect resources. Chat with a librarian about how Zotero can be incorporated into your courses.
Zotero has tons of advanced features to enhance your research process.
Zotero can add items automatically using ISBN number, Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and PubMed ID. Follow the instructions below to save by any of these identifiers.
Zotero has an active community that creates 3rd party plugins. Check this list for available plugins. Here are some plugins that might interest faculty.
Most citations can be exported from another citation manager and imported to Zotero. Please contact one of the librarians listed on the Help page for more specific instructions based on the manager used. Below are general instructions for importing citations into Zotero:
Zotero makes it easy to export citations (and files!) into another citation manager. Please contact one of the librarians listed on the Help page for more specific instructions based on the manager used. See general directions below.