Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians Last Updated: Sep 18, 2017 Views: 6
Tags (also called “keywords” in other programs) allow you to describe an item in more detail. You can add multiple tags to an item. Tags are also searchable. There are two ways to tag items in Zotero: (1) add a tag to a citation and (2) add a tag to a PDF attached to a citation.
(1) Adding a tag to a citation is easy. Click on a citation in the center pane. When you see the citation details in the right pane, click on the 'Tags' tab. Once the 'Tags' tab is open, click on 'Add' to add your tag word or phrase. To remove a tag, click on the minus symbol with a circle around it .
(2) Adding a tag to a PDF attached to a citation is also easy. Click on the citation in the center pane and then expand it by clicking on the arrow next to the citation icon . This will reveal any attachments including PDFs:
Then click on the PDF and you should see PDF details in the right pane. Once the right pane is open, choose '[click here]' from the Tags section and add your tag word or phrase. To remove a tag, click on the minus symbol with a circle around it .
Tags are searchable but be careful when you are searching. In order to find tags in citations and/or PDFs, make sure you have selected either 'All Fields and Tags' or 'Everything' when using Quick Search.
Visit https://www.zotero.org/support/collections_and_tags for more information about tags. Or you can search on the term 'Tags' in the Zotero Discussion Forum at https://forums.zotero.org/.