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Introduction to Zotero: Reference Management Tools

An information guide to accompany the iLearnOregon class Introduction to Zotero

Sync Zotero

If you use multiple computers, you can access your library in two ways:

  • Using your account online.
  • Using the program on multiple computers and syncing your libraries.

Here's more information about this process.


  • Go to Preferences to set up sync functionality.
  • Enter Zotero account information – username (or email address) and password (create an account here:
  • Adjust the setting to match your needs.

Sync Data

  • Data syncing connects the information about the items (metadata, notes, links, tags) between your local computer and the Zotero servers.
  • This process allows your items to sync between the Zotero program on your computer and your account online.

Sync Files

  • File syncing connects the attached files associated with the items in your Zotero library.
  • Zotero provides 300 MB of free storage for attached files, with plans available to purchase more storage.

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