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Zotero Syncing/Space Management

Zotero gives each user 300MB of file storage for free.  Citations take up almost no space and there's no limit to the amount of citation information that can be stored and synced, but PDFs and other attachments take up a lot of space.  If you need more space, you can:

  • Sync and store your attachments in BuckeyeBox.  There are directions below for connecting your Zotero library to Box using the third-party plug-in ZotFile
    Note that file storage in BuckeyeBox should not be used for storing files from group libraries.  Doing so causes the file to become corrupt.
  • Store files in other cloud storage services.  Zotero's support system includes instructions for some of these, starting here and here.
  • Buy more inexpensive space from Zotero, or choose not to sync your data if you only use Zotero on one computer and make sure you back it up frequently.

Link Zotero Files to BuckeyeBox with ZotFile

1.  Set up Box Sync, which will allow you to select folders in Box that will automatically synchronize with your computer. Log in to your BuckeyeBox account at  Once you're logged in, follow Box's directions for setting up Box Sync at:

2.  In the Box Sync folder on your computer, create a Zotero attachments folder.

3.  Download and install Zotfile.  This is designed for the Firefox version of Zotero, but will work with Standalone--just follow the directions on the Zotfile homepage under "Install Zotfile."

4.  Open Zotero. Go to Tools > ZotFile Preferences (or gear icon > ZotFile Preferences).  On the General Settings tab, under 'Source Folder', choose the default location (C:\Users\[username]\Zotero).  Under 'Location of Files', select Custom Location and choose the Zotero attachments folder you created in Box Sync.

4.  On the Tablet Settings tab, check "Use Zotfile to send get files from tablet".  Then choose your attachments folder in Box Sync as your base folder.  Click Save.

Zotfile settings

5.  Finally, in the middle column of your library,  right click on one or multiple references with attachments and select Manage Attachments > Send to Tablet.  The next time Box Sync syncs, your PDFs will sync to Box as well.

WebDAV No Longer Supported

Box removed access to any Box account via WebDAV on January 31, 2019. 

If you used WebDAV to connect to Box, you will have received a message from Box or OCIO. 

Please switch to ZotFile using the instructions on this page instead. 

To stop using WebDAV:

On each computer on which you have Zotero installed, open Zotero.

From the Edit menu, open Preferences.  In the Zotero Preferences window:

  1. Select Sync from the menu.  Under File Syncing, uncheck the box next to "Sync attachment files in My Library":
  2. Select Advanced from the menu.  On the Files and Folders tab, under Data Directory Location, choose Default.  Note that if you change this setting, Zotero will restart.  You will need to let your library sync to repopulate it. 

Follow the directions to the left to use Zotfile.