This tab includes tips and tricks that can help you effectively organize your references.
The instructions in this guide apply to version 5 of Zotero and Word 2016.
To add personal notes and observations, click on the record. In the pane on the right, you can add notes, tags, and related records.
Notes and tags are searchable, but will not appear when creating a bibliography.
All content in a Zotero library lives in the main folder title "My Library." To organize records around a course or assignment, create additional folders.
Create a folder by clicking on the folder icon in the upper left hand corner of the Zotero interface.
To delete a folder and its contents, right-click the folder and click "Delete Collection and Items."
Saved searches will dynamically update as new records are added to Zotero. Click on the magnifying glass icon to create a new search. Enter search term(s) and click "Search." Then click "Save Search." As new records are added to Zotero that match the search criteria, the new records will appear in the save search results.
Syncing is not a substitute for backing up! What if you accidentally delete a bunch of references? You'll lose them for good the next time your library syncs. Here's how to make a backup of your Zotero library:
Adapted from a LibGuide by Jason Puckett for Georgia State University Library.
Zotero installs with many styles, including those commonly used in academic literature (APA, Chicago, MLA). But if you can't find the style you need, you may be able to download it from the Style Repository.
To install a style:
The new style will appear in Zotero's style lists.
In certain disciplines like Chemistry, titles are likely to include special formatting like subscripts, superscripts, and italics.
To get special formatting to appear in a bibliography:
It is possible to import a pre-existing bibliography into Zotero, but it takes some work.
Use a third party tool, like AnyStyle, to extract the data from formatted a bibliography. AnyStyle is an online bibliography parser that can be trained for improved results.