It is best practice to edit your citations within Zotero not Word. Preview it, then edit it in Zotero. That way, it will be corrected at the source, and will export correctly every time you use it in Word.
If you don't see your change reflected, you can click the green sync arrow to force it to sync immediately.
Zotero tries to identify an appropriate Item Type when you import items into your library. But sometimes the Item Type is not correct. For example, it might import an item as a webpage, when it is really a newspaper article or a report, etc.
Examine the source, and try to determine what it is.
PDFs will often import as webpages regardless of the actual source type. Taking the time to select the appropriate Item Type will help you format your citation correctly.
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:
Sometimes you want to cite a book chapter, not the whole book.
Ebook chapters have different DOIs than the whole book.
|Title Case||Sentence case|
|Love among the Ruins: A Memoir of Life and Love in Hamburg, 1945||Love among the ruins: A memoir of life and love in Hamburg, 1945|
Capitalize everything except:
Note: Always format the information in your citations (titles, author names, etc.) according to the requirements of the citation style you are using, regardless of how it appears in the original source.
To change the casing of the title:
Edit as needed using the capitalization rules below.
Type the numeral in the Edition field. (You don't need to note 1st editions -- only subsequent editions.)
For PDFs, rather than using the link to the PDF itself, try to find a permanent link or handle to the record.
Compare these two examples:
Check your individual style example page to see what is required for each source type. Here are a few common examples:
Usually are formatted this way. (Don't use the "first published" date.)
A DOI is always preferred and sometimes available for items from library commercial databases. But if it isn't available, use the name of the database instead.
To enable that feature:
Then put the name of the database in the URL field
The name of the database belongs only in the URL field. Remove it if it appears in the Title or Publication field.
Sometimes it's a headache trying to get Zotero to export the citations as you want them to display. You can edit the citation in Word but please be aware that:
This works for the in-text citation or footnote only, not the bibliography.
Unlinking is not a requirement. For your theses, capstone project reports, etc., do not unlink your initial draft or your proposal. If you decide to do this, only unlink your final draft to the TPO
You can follow the same process for your papers or your proposal, but it is completely optional.