I’ve become utterly reliant on Zotero as a research tool.  The more I use it, the more ways I find of using it.  For example

  • Tags are a useful way to keep track of (and communicate) items that I have read (in full – and these) or am currently reading.
  • Creating collections using standard report headings e.g. Method, Results, Discussion etc. is a useful way of grouping references in your library.  Creating a hierarchy of collections that mirrors an essay sections and subsection structure also works well as you can see the evidence for your argument at a glance.
    • This also works at lower levels in a hierarchy.  For example, I’ve naturally started to organise the results of my most recent literature search into collections that map onto paragraphs in my introduction.