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POLS 3998-01: Zotero

This guide will help Prof. Kramer's Fall 2019 POLS 3998-01 course learn Zotero.

What is Zotero Groups?

You can use Zotero groups to:

  • Share your own work or sources you have discovered with others who are working in related areas.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, publicly or privately, on ongoing research.
  • Discover other people with similar interests and the sources they are citing.

Zotero groups have different privacy settings for different needs.

Private groups can share items in a library or collection and will not be publicly shared online (added to the Zotero group search).

Public groups are groups that can be seen by the entire Zotero and online community using the search but have the option to:

  • Have closed membership: can only be joined by request or invitation
  • Have open membership: can be joined by anyone

For this class, you will be sharing your annotated bibliography folder with Prof. Kramer.

For more information about Zotero groups:

Creating & Adding Members to Groups

Create and Name Your Group

  1. You can create a group in Zotero by:
    • On Zotero desktop/Standalone, you can click on the “New Library…” icon located next to the New Collection icon in the top left corner of the Zotero and choose “New Group…”. Name your group "First LastName, WGST 3000". For example: Rosa Luxemburg, WGST 3000 add group icon in zotero desktop
      • OR
    • From, click the “Create a New Group” button on the groups landing page  (requires Zotero login)
  2. You can approve all the default settings for a group (Private group, any group member can read,edit, and file edit) then SAVE SETTINGS

Adding Dr. Kramer as a Member

Once you have created your group, you can invite Dr. Kramer on

  • Log into the Zotero groups page
  • Select "Manage Members" link
  • Under "Member Invititations", select "Send More Invitations"
  • Enter "" email address in the box and select "Invite Members"
  • Confirm with professor that request was received in class

Using Zotero Group Libraries (Step-by-Step)

You can use Zotero Group Libraries to collaborate with multiple people on a project and keep track of all of your sources in one convenient place.

STEP ONE: Create a new group


STEP TWO:  You will be automatically taken to the Zotero webpage and promted to sign in.

STEP THREE: After you log in you will be taken to the "Create a New Group" page. Name your group: FirstName LastName, WGST 3000. For example: Jessica Smith, WGST 3000



STEP FOUR: Set your group library settings. You should make the group "Private" and Library Reading by "Any Group Member



STEP FIVE: Select "Member Settings" to edit the group's members


STEP SIX: Under Member Invitations, select "Send More Invitations"


STEP SEVEN: Add Prof. Kramer as a member by entering "" and "Invite Members".


STEP EIGHT: Your group should sync on both online and in Zotero desktop. You can drag items into your group library using the desktop application.