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Zotero is software that helps you create citations and bibliographies. It's free and easy to use.

About this guide

This guide is based on a guide created by Jason Puckett at Georgia State University. The original guide, which you can view here, is licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. Simpson Library thanks Jason for sharing his excellent work.

Use collections to organize your citations

Zotero lets you create "collections" to organize your items. Collections are like file folders on your computer, but an item can be in more than one collection at a time. For example, a book on the Civil War could be filed in your "Civil War" collection, your "Virginia History" collection and your "19th Century America" collection all at the same time, without having to make three copies of it.

To create a collection, click the button that looks like a folder with a green plus sign. You can find it at the top left of the Zotero window.


Screenshot of Zotero button to create new collection