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Zotero for Citation Management

Quick tips and helpful links for getting started with the open source citation manager, Zotero. Easily collect and organize your references, and generate dynamic citations and bibliographies as you write.

Collaborating with Zotero

decorative image.Creating groups

There are 2 ways to create a group with Zotero:

  • In Zotero, click the New Library... icon and choose New Group... (this will take you to
  • On the Zotero website, log in and navigate to the Groups page, then choose Create New Group

Groups can have a variety of privacy settings, and enable you to share references with a select group of people or the world.

decorative image.Using groups

In order to use groups within Zotero, data syncing must be enabled. When syncing is enabled, group libraries will appear in the left pane and can be used in exactly the same way as the personal library.

Groups may use file storage to store and share files among members... however, this counts against the group owner's 300 MB file storage limit. Zotero's recommended workaround for this is to create a separate account for the group leader role.

To add members to a group:

  1. Navigate to and log in
  2. Click Groups and create a new group if you do not have one already
  3. From your Groups page, choose Manage Members
  4. Choose Send More Invitations
  5. Enter the email addresses or Zotero usernames of the people you want to invite

decorative image.More Help

For more help using groups, see Zotero's very thorough documentation.

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