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Zotero User Guide: Tutorials

A Guide to using Zotero to manage references and help you create citations and bibliographies in your papers


For step-by-step Zotero instructions, check out these videos from McGill University! 

Intro/Downloading Zotero

Collecting & Saving Sources

Organizing Your Sources

In-Text Citations & Bibliography

Group Collaboration/Shared Libraries

Creating and Sharing a Shared Zotero Library

  1. Log in to the browser version of Zotero,
    • Select Groups tab in the header
    • Click on Create a New Group
  2. Choose a name for your group and select the group type
    • Public, Open group: anyone online can view and join
    • Public, closed group: anyone online can view, but needs permission to join
    • Private Membership: invitation required to view and join the group
  3. Click on Create Group and select group settings
  4. Invite group members
    • Go to the Group Settings page and select Member Settings
    • Invite members by clicking Send More Invitations, add member emails to send invites
  5. Once your group is created, go to the Zotero desktop app
    • There will be a corresponding group folder in your Zotero library under Group Libraries
    • Same sources in the folder using the browser extension as you would normally
    • Select the group folder to save sources in