You can create collections (folders) to create specific, well-defined categories within your library. Note that items can be assigned to multiple categories, and that doing so does not duplicate the item. For more information about collections & collections properties, view the Zotero Collections and Tags page.
To Create A Collection:
- Click the "New Collection" button above the left column OR right click on "My Library" and choose "New Collection"
- Give a name to your collection
- The new collection will appear as a folder inside "My Collection"
- Subcollections and be created by dragging and dropping a collection onto another collection OR by right-clicking an existing collection and choosing "New Subcollection"
To Add Items To A Collection
- New items are automatically added into the selected / active / displayed collection
- Drag and drop existing items in your Library to the desired collection. By default, the items will be added to the new collection but won't be removed from the original location.
Like hashtags, Zotero tags allow you to add helpful descriptors to your items. In addition to adding content-related keywords, think about also adding status / action keywords (e.g. "Read Later," "Cited In Mythology Paper"). For more information about tags, view the Zotero Collections and Tags page.
The Tag Selector
- The tag selector is located at the bottom of the left column
- It shows all the tags that have been attached to the items currently shown in the center column
- Click on the multi-color button and select "Display All Tags in This Library" to show all tags in your library.
- By selecting one or more tags in the tag selector, only items that have been assigned those tags will display in the center column
Bulk Editing Tags
- To rename a tag across all of its tagged items, right-click the tag in the tag selector and choose "Rename Tag."
- To delete a tag from all items, right-click the tag and choose "Delete Tag."
- To assign a tag to multiple items at once, drag a selection of items from the center column onto a tag in the tag selector.