It is best practice to edit your citations within Zotero. After fixing the citation, it will be correct every time you use it.
To edit, put your cursor into any field and start typing.
Remember to click outside the field to apply your changes.
Sometimes the Connecter brings in the reference as an Item Type that's not right, or that doesn't export to Word in the format your style needs. For example, you may need to cite a book chapter rather than the whole book.
To change the casing of the title, right click in the Title field, and transform the text to the appropriate casing.
For Chicago Notes/Bibliography style, changing the Item Type will help Zotero format correctly.
Use the BOOK Item Type for these sources:
Use the REPORT Item Type for these sources:
Learn more Zotero editing tips:
Although it is best practice to make edits in Zotero, there may be times when you just can't get the software to format the citations correctly in Word. Rather than spend a lot of time wrestling with the software, the workaround is to break the coding connection between Zotero and Word, and manually edit them in Word.
It's best to wait till the very end when you just need to do some final clean up of your citations.
Please be aware that once you break the connection between Word and Zotero, it is irreversible, and you won't be able to make synced edits to your citations anymore, which is why we strongly recommend making a backup copy first.