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Garbage In, Garbage Out...

The ability to easily download new references is one of the great advantages of Zotero... It often works well, but sometimes there can 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.

A few simple tips can help you to make this process easier and quicker.

Main Details to Check

  • Is it the right item type? Is it really a book, or rather a report or a thesis? Is it just a "document", or rather a case law?
  • How many fields are there in the author field? One for institutions, two for persons.
  • Edition number: better just the number (2, 3, 4), the rest (rd, ème) will be added later by Zotero.

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

Right click on the author field -> Swap First/Last Names

How to Change the Capitalization of the Title?

Right click on the title field -> Transform Text -> and you can choose between Title Case (all major words capitalised) and Sentence Case (first word of the title capitalised).

Changing the Typography of a Part of the Title

For example, in this title I would like the name of the review to appear in italics rather than between quotation marks: 

All I have to do is use tags before and after the text element you want to change, 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 XXIst century)
<sc> and </sc> for small caps.

Nettoyer et vérifier ses références

Pascal Martinolli, bibliothèques Université de Montréal, CC-BY