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Zotero: Sync Your Library

Open Source Citation Management Tool

Zotero Sync

Zotero stores data locally on your computer by default. Zotero Sync allows you to access your library on any computer with internet access. Zotero stores a copy of your library and checks for updates when it is opened on a different computer.  All computers must be running the same version of Zotero. Zotero syncing has two parts: data syncing and file syncing.

Setting Up Sync

  1. Open Zotero preferences (under Edit) and select Sync. 
  2. Enter your username and password. 
  3. Data Syncing: Check "Sync automatically" to sync your citation information.
  4. File Syncing: This will sync your PDF attachments as well as citations. This option can use a lot of storage space.
    • If you choose to file sync, check both boxes and choose Sync in My Library using Zotero.
  5. Click the green circular arrow button at the top right corner of the Zotero window.
  6. Zotero will upload your library to the server.
  7. Repeat this configuration on each of your computers. 

Zotero Sync Settings screen