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Downloading Zotero desktop app, log in and syncing with online Zotero

Zotero can be used in your browser window or by downloading a desktop app.

However, the desktop app works best and most instructions located here and on Zotero's web page are for the desktop app.



  • In the new window download the correct version for your computer and work through the installation process.


  • Once that is complete open the desktop app.
  • In the desktop app click on "Edit" and from the drop down menu that appears click on "Preferences".

  • In the new box that appears click on “Sync”. Then login. Then click OK.

  • Once you return to the main Zotero window, click on the tiny green circular arrow in the right corner to sync the database to your online database.