Managing your Zotero library effectively

3 Working with Tags

In the author’s humble opinion, are the most powerful mechanism for managing content. The main reason for this is because there is no limit to the number of tags you can put on any item. This lets you set up a system where you can filter and sort your in almost limitless ways to find specific content, and to see connections between items. Tags can also be used for other things, like managing your workflow. If you would like to take your Zotero usage to the expert level, getting comfortable with tags is a critical step on the path!

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Locate and use tags throughout the Zotero user interface, including automatic tags that are created when some items are imported into Zotero
  • Define, combine, and manage tags on items and their attachments, including files and notes
  • Organize tags by assigning colours to your most important ones
  • Devise a scheme or taxonomy for using tags to organize your Zotero collection


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Mastering Zotero by Kris Joseph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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