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Zotero: Sync & Share Citations

A guide to getting started with Zotero

Your Zotero Account

Next you need to create a Zotero account in order to sync your citations across computers and to be able to access your citations on computers that do not have Zotero installed. You can also use your Zotero account to share your citations with others.

  • Go to the Zotero Registration page
  • Complete the form to register for an account at
    Account Registration Page
  • Check your email and click the link from Zotero to register your account.
  • Open Zotero and find the gear-shaped Actions menu in the top-bar. Select Preferences
  • In the Sync tab enter your username and password from your online account. Then click OK.
    Sync Your Online Account in Zotero

Zotero Groups

Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects.

First, set up Zotero sync and synchronize your library.

  • To create a shared library, click the Create Groups button near the top left of your Zotero window (small blue/green button with two “people” icons, second from the left).
  • To join an existing Zotero library, search for it at or be invited by the group’s owner.
  • You must log in to the website to create or join a group.

You now have two sections in your Zotero collections pane: My Library and Group Libraries.

Personal and group libraries are entirely separate, and changes made to items in one library do not affect the other. You can drag items back and forth libraries to copy items.

Search for existing public groups or create a new group. Groups may be public (searchable, and anyone can join) or private (users can only join if invited).