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Libraries vs Collections

There are two ways you can organize your research in Zotero: creating new libraries and creating new collections

In terms of research, think of libraries as your entire semester or your biggest research project; think of collections as individual courses in your semester or the various topics covered in your research project. 

Creating Libraries and Collections

To create a new collection or library, select the New Collection or the New Library buttons in Zotero and create a name for your new folder.

To move resources to collections or libraries, drag and drop citations from the main list to the folder you want. 

New collection link in Zotero   New library button in Zotero