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An introduction to the citation management software Zotero, also a companion to our workshop of the same name.

Collaborating with Others Users

Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects.

To use the Groups feature, you will first need to set up Zotero sync and synchronize your library.

  • You must log in to the website to create or join a group.
  • To create a shared library, click the "Create Groups" button near the top left of your Zotero window (small blue/green button with two “people” icons, second from the left).  Groups may be public (searchable, and anyone can join) or private (users can only join if invited).
  • To join an existing Zotero library, search for it on Zotero's website or be invited by the group’s owner.

Once completed, you will have two sections in your Zotero collections pane: My Library and Group Libraries.  Personal and group libraries are entirely separate, and changes made to items in one library do not affect the other. You can drag items back and forth libraries to copy items. 

Zotero + EndNote

It is possible to use EndNote and Zotero together or to share Zotero libraries with colleagues using EndNote (or vice versa). Both programs can read and write a standard citation file format called RIS, which means references can be converted back and forth with a few clicks.

PDFs and other attachments do not export between programs, however; only citation information.

Zotero to EndNote

To save your Zotero library for importing into EndNote:

  1. Right-click click on the My Library button in Zotero and select Export Library.  
  2. From the Export Library drop-down menu, select RIS as the file type.
  3. Select a file name and click OK.
  4. In EndNote, click File and then Import.
  5. Click the Choose File button and select the file you just exported from Zotero.
  6. Set Import Option to "Reference Manager (RIS)" and click Import.

EndNote to Zotero

To export your EndNote library for use in Zotero:

  1. In EndNote, click File and then Export.
  2. Set the output style to "RefMan (RIS) Export" and save it as a text file.
  3. In Zotero, click File and Import.  
  4. Double-click the file you exported from EndNote. The new references will be added to a collection named "Imported" followed by the date and time.

IU-Link and Zotero

Photo of the IU-Link logoYou've probably seen the IU-Link button in some article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature.

To set up Zotero to access the IU-link server:

  1. Go to Preferences in the Zotero toolbar. 
  2. Navigate to the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Resolver box, paste the following url:
  4. Click Ok.  Once you've set this up, you can click the IU-link button on any citation you're viewing to search for the item online.

Books at the Wells Library about Zotero