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How to Use Zotero: Organize

There are three panels in the Zotero homescreen. Each panel displays an important aspect of your Zotero library.

Left PanelCollections Panel 

Manages overall library organization and includes "My Library" along with collection folders created - by subject, item type, idea, etc. along with shared libraries from other Zotero users

Center PanelIndividual Title Panel 

Is the title library for each collection and can list all of the titles within "My Library" (all references) or only the individual reference titles within a select collection folder

Right PanelMetadata Panel 

Includes detailed information (title name, authors, publisher, volume, etc.) for each specific title reference selected from the center panel



Zotero helps you organize your research any way you want.

  • You can sort items into collections and tag them with keywords or create saved searches that automatically fill with relevant materials as you work.
  • For an exhaustive list of answers to "How To" questions, just visit the Zotero Start Guide or Using Zotero Page.