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Learn how to use the reference management software Zotero.

Zotero online account

It is important to create an online account with Zotero. The online account allows you to:

  • back up your library in the cloud and access the library from multiple computers.
  • use your online library to share references with other Zotero users.
  • network with other Zotero users: communicate with other users, participate in the forums and group discussions.

Register a Zotero online account

On Zotero home page, click Register, enter a username, an email address and a password. Confirm your account by clicking on the link in the email sent by Zotero.



Login to your online account, click Settings on the top.

  • Ensure you check your Privacy settings
  • You could create a profile and upload your CV on your online account

Sync with Zotero Standalone

  • Open your Zotero Standalone (desktop), click Edit > Preferences
  • Click Sync and enter your account username and password, click OK.
  • If the checkbox Sync automatically is selected, Zotero will automatically sync your Zotero Standlone or Zotero for Firefox with your Zotero online library.



  • Zotero file storage: a cloud-based syncing and storage solution for PDFs, images and web snapshots. Each Zotero user gets a 300 MB free file storage. Additional storage can be purchased from Zotero's website. Find details at:

There is no limit on the number of references syncing with an online library.


Use Groups to share references with others.

You can set up groups for public or private memberships. This will allow you to share references with other Zotero users.

  • Click Create a new group, choose a name for the group. There are three types of groups.
  • Public, Open membership: can be searched by Google and the Zotero site. Any Zotero user can join this group.
  • Public, Closed membership: membership must be approved by the group administrator.
  • Private group - only Invited members can view the group page.
  • Decide whether you will give members the right to add, edit and delete items in the group library.

The groups you shared with others or the groups you joined also show up in Zotero Standalone:


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