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Garbage In, Garbage Out...

Being able to download easily new references is one of the great advantages of Zotero... It often works well, but sometimes there may be missing or incorrect information. It is therefore essential to check the record each time you download a new reference, otherwise you may end up with bad references in your bibliographies.

Some simple tips can help you to make this process easier and swift...

The First and Last Names of the Author Have Been Inverted...

Right button of the mouse on the author field -> Swap First/Last Names

How to Change the Capitalization of the Title?

Right button of the mouse on the title field -> Transform Text -> and you can choose between Title Case (all major words capitalized) and Sentence case (First word of the title capitalized).

Changing the Typography of a Part of the Title

For instance, in this title, I would like the name of the review to appear in italics rather than between inverted commas: 

I just need to use tags before and after the element of text you would like to modify, in this case <i> and </i>, like this:

And the reference will appear like this in a Word document:
Hanke, L. (Ed.), 1966. Readings in Latin American history: selected articles from the Hispanic American historical review. T.Y. Crowell, New York.
using the Elsevier-Harvard style, and like this:
Hanke, Lewis, ed. Readings in Latin American History: Selected Articles from the Hispanic American Historical Review. New York: T.Y. Crowell, 1966.
using the Chicago style, which puts the titles in italics...
Other tags that can be useful: <b> and </b> to put a part of the title in bold letters.
<sup> and </sup> to put something as an exponent (for instance for XXIème siècle)
<span style="font-variant:small-caps;"> and </span> for small caps.