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Zotero: Making Research Easy: Setting Preferences

Zotero is free, cross-platform software used to save, manage, and cite research.

Setting Preferences

In most cases you can use Zotero "out of the box" without having to modify any preferences.You will have to make changes to the preferences should you need to:

  • Save research to a free Zotero account (to access research from any computer - stores up to 300 MB) - Preferred
  • Or save research to your student OneDrive account (to access research from any computer - stores up to 25 GB). The same procedure also applies to saving to Dropbox or Google Drive.

To access the preferences, open Zotero, select the Actions menu (gear icon), then "Preferences."

Save research to a free Zotero account

Select the "Sync" tab and enter your Zotero user name and password. If you do not have one, select "Create Account" and follow the steps. Once your user name and password have been entered, select "Ok" at the bottom of the Preferences window. Now, all of your research will be saved to an online Zotero account - also any research you previous saved to your Zotero account will be downloaded to the computer you are using.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save research to your student OneDrive account

Make a new folder on OneDrive called "Zotero" or similar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Zotero preferences, go to "Advanced," "Files and Folders," and "Choose" the location of the folder you created. Select "Ok" at the bottom of the window and restart Firefox. You will need to do this on every computer that you use Zotero with OneDrive on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many other preferences that can be modified should you choose. More information is available on Zotero's documentation page.