Citation Management with Zotero

Edit a citation in Zotero

  • If any of your citations are not correct (typos, missing information, data in the wrong place, etc.) it is best practice to fix them at the source. After fixing the citation, it will be correct every time you use it. 
  • Because you synced your desktop and your online account, you only need to make the changes in either your Zotero desktop or your online account.

To edit, put your cursor into any field.

Zotero edit citation

Change Casing of the Title (capitalization)

To change the casing of the title, right click in the Title field, and transform the text to the appropriate casing.
Zotero transform text

Edit a citation in Word

Sometimes it's a headache trying to get Zotero to format citations as you want them to display. A workaround is to edit the citation in Word instead of in Zotero. Please be aware that:

  • It breaks the link to Zotero for that one citation, so if you have multiple instances of the citation in your document, you'll need to manually fix those as well.
  • This is not the same as unlinking all your citations. You can selectively choose which citation(s) to fix this way. 
  • This workaround is for the citation, not the bibliography entry.

In Word: 

Zotero edit citation in Word

  • Put your cursor in the citation
  • Make your edits
  • Click Refresh
  • Click Yes in the pop up warning message

Why don't my citations look right? Tips for fixing formatting in Chicago NB.

For Chicago Notes/Bibliography style, choosing the correct Item Type will help Zotero format it correctly.
For more tips, see the PDF below.