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Zotero: A Citation Tool

TriCo Libraries Guide

Creating an account

  • Zotero can be used on your computer without creating an account on
  • However, registering for an account allows you to sync your entire Zotero library and access it from any computer thorugh
  • To create an account:
    1. Visit
    2. Follow the instructions, and submit your information

Syncing your Zotero library

Syncing with your Zotero account links the data saved in your Zotero library (citations, notes, tags) with your online account. Data synced to your online account is accessible from any computer.

Syncing citations and notes is free. Syncing full-text documents (PDFs, etc.) is free for up to 300 MB, but beyond that you'll need a paid account.

To sync your Zotero library with your online account:

  1. Open Zotero app for Mac, PC, or Linux
  2. Navigate to preferences under the Actions button
    Actions button in Zotero

    Preferences menu in Zotero
  3. Go to the Sync tab and enter your account information (username and password)
  4. Check the box "Sync automatically"
  5. If you want to sync your PDFs and other documents, check the box "Sync full-text content."

 Zotero sync settings