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BEE 6940: Intro to Zotero: Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share Your Information: Synching

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Zotero Sync

Syncing your library means backing up your citations on Zotero's server. This way you can access your citation remotely and retrieve them if you are away from your computer.

This arrow will appear in your Zotero library. It will spin when it is uploading your citations.

If you're regularly using more than one computer in your research, Zotero's sync feature can keep your library up to date on all of them.  Zotero can store a copy of your library on the server and check it for updates whenever you open your library on a different computer.  All your computers must be running the same version Zotero and be configured to sync to the server.

  1. Set up a free user account.
  2. Open Zotero preferences (via the gear menu) and select the Sync tab. 
  3. Enter your Zotero user name and password. 
  4. Check the "sync automatically" box for Zotero citations and attachments.  Zotero will upload your library to the server. 
  5. Repeat this configuration on each of your computers.  Any updates you make on one of your computers will be reflected on the others.  This even works to synchronize your library among Windows, Mac and Linux computers.



For more details and help troubleshooting sync problems, check the Zotero site.

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