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Backup Zotero

Zotero is a free Firefox, Chrome, and Safari extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Please Backup

Zotero is not a website, but lives on your computer, connected to your web browser. If your hard drive dies, you could lose all of the material collected in your Zotero Library if you don't back up your data!

Option 1: Sync

Create a free account at Then enter the same credentials in your local Zotero Library. You can watch this process in the Zotero 2 video.

Select:  > Preferences > Sync

Zotero will then automatically sync your local Library with your online account. There is no limit to the number of citations that can be synced, but there is a cap on the free file storage (attached pdf's). If you need to share pdf's with a research group or need access to pdf's from multiple computers, you can purchase more storage.

Synced Library @

Benefits of Syncing

 Syncing is the preferred backup method because it will automatically protect your data. But, there are other benefits to syncing with -- it allows you to:

  • Login at to work with your library on other computers not configured with Zotero
  • Sync multiple computers to the same account (like a work and home computer)
  • Create collaborative group libraries with peers at BC or at other institutions

Option 2: Export

Backup by exporting your Library periodically. Then save the resulting folder to an external hard drive, a web-based system like Dropbox, or wherever you backup your other files.

Select:  > Export Library...
(check the boxes to include Notes and Files)