Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2017     Views: 25

As with all important data, it is a good idea to backup your Zotero data frequently!

To backup your Zotero library, first locate it. The easiest way to locate your Zotero library is to open Zotero Standalone, go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Files and Folders, and then click on "Show Data Directory."

This will open a window on your computer locally revealing the location of your Zotero library:


Once you have located your library, close Zotero Standalone, and copy your Zotero data directory to a backup location. That is copy the entire Zotero folder including all of the subfolders within it. The best place to backup your library is to an external storage device that you keep in a location separate from your primary computer.

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Part or all of this answer is adapted from Zotero wiki content distributed under various Creative Commons licenses found at Additional content may have been adapted from the Zotero LibGuide by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.