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Zotero citation management: Shared libraries

Zotero Groups

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

How? First, set up Zotero sync and synchronise your library.

  • To create a shared library, click the Create Groups button near the top left of your Zotero window (small brown-folder icon on the top left of your Zotero window).
  • To join an existing Zotero library, search for it at zotero.org/groups or be invited by the group’s owner.
  • You must log in to the zotero.org website to create or join a group.  

You now have two sections in your Zotero collections pane: My Library and Group Libraries.

Personal and group libraries are entirely separate; changes made to items in one library do not affect the other. You can drag items back and forth libraries to copy items.

Search for existing public groups or create a new group. Groups may be public (searchable, and anyone can join) or private (users can only join if invited).