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Zotero Citation Software: Syncing Citations

A Guide to Getting Started and Using Zotero

Syncing Citations

Quick Steps to Syncing

Step 01: Click on the "Tools" option in the menus at the top left of the screen.

Step 02: Select "Preferences" from the "Tools" dropdown menu.

Step 03: Select "Sync" from the horizontal list of icons.

Step 04: Enter your Zotero username and password & click "OK" at the bottom.

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Start Syncing Zotero

The Zotero Stand Alone is the software you have installed on your desktop or laptop. It is where you will keep all of your citations, notes and attachments organized. There are a couple of things you will want to do immediately after you install the software before getting started with using Zotero and the first thing is set it up to sync your citations.

First, you want to log in to your account on the stand alone software. This will allow it to communicate with your browser extensions and to sync to the web version. Follow the steps below to setup the syncing feature.

Step 01: Tools Menu

Click on the "Tools" menu located at the top left of the Zotero Stand Alone interface.  

Step 02: Preferences Menu

When the "Tools" menu opens, select the "Preferences" option at the bottom of the menu.    


Step 03: Select Sync Menu

You should now see the preferences menu pop up over the stand alone screen. You will want to click the second option at the top called "Sync."  

Step 04: Log in to Zotero

Lastly, enter in your Zotero account information. If it doesn't work, double check that you enter the information correctly and that you do not have CAPS LOCK activated. Once entered, click "OK" at the bottom of the popup screen to save your account information.

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