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This guide provides in-depth instructions on how to use Zotero, organize sources, and create in-text citations and bibliographies.

Syncing Desktop App and Online Account

Having an online account allows you to sync your sources from your Desktop App to the cloud. This allows you to access your sources from the web, even if you aren't using your own computer. If you are switching to a new computer, use this option to "move" your source records from one computer to the next.

  1. In the Desktop App, click the Edit menu and select Preferences (MacOS - click Zotero and then Preferences)
  2. Click the Sync tab
  3. Enter your Zotero online account username and password (create an online account first if you don't have one)
  4. Click the Set Up Syncing button
  5. Check the Automatically sync check box (optional)
  6. Click the OK button to apply to new settings
  7. To prompt a sync right away, click the green sync button
    in the upper right corner of the desktop app window

Note: attached files take up significant space in your online account. To avoid using up space, uncheck the sync full-text content to prevent files from being uploaded to your online account.


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