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Citation Management Software: Advanced Zotero

Syncing Zotero

If you're regularly using more than one computer in your research or want an online backup, 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 of Zotero.

Follow the steps below to sync your Zotero collections on multiple computers.

  1. Set up a free Zotero account:
  2. Create Username and Password on the site. Your username and password can be different.
  3. Now select the Zotero cog >> Preferences (image above)
  4. Select the Sync tab in new window
  5. Enter your Zotero account info and sync preferences

Zotero for Mobile Devices

If you're using Internet Explorer or a mobile browser or a tablet, you can still save items to your Zotero library. A free Zotero account is required.

The Zotero Bookmarklet works with all desktop browsers and most mobile browsers (including Safari for iPad and the Android browser).

Visit the Zotero Bookmarklet page for installation instructions for your particular browser or device. You won't have to install any software -- just the Bookmarklet!

Creating Reports

Want to quickly create a report of what is in your Zotero library or a report on certain items in your Zotero library?

    1. Select the items you want to generate a report on:

    1. Right click on your mouse and select Generate Report for Selected Items:

    1. An html file will be created containing a report on the selected items in your Zotero library:

    1. Save this file as an html document to your computer for later use or sharing:

  1. For more details and advanced use of Zotero's reporting feature please see the Zotero documentation at