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Zotero

Introduction

Record information that is pulled into Zotero from databases will need to be edited in order for its use to comply with style guide standards.

The following guide explains what changes to make and how.

Editing Book Records

  • Editing the title: To use headline style/title case capitalization, right click the title of the book and select Transform Text > Title Case.
  • Editing the short title: The short title can also be transformed to title case the same way.

  • Editing the place/location: You can edit the Place information. For example, click on the Place field and change the state abbreviation from "Ill." to "IL" to comply with the Trinity style guide.
  • Editing editors and translators: For edited books, one additional fix will be necessary. Editors, as well as translators, come exported as contributors. You can click on the word Contributor and select the appropriate word, usually editor or translator. We would change both contributors in the instance below to Editor.

  • Etc.: Other edits to book records can be made as needed. Any Zotero field can be edited.

Editing Article Records

  • Editing the title: To use headline style/title case capitalization, right click the title of the book and select Transform Text > Title Case.
  • Editing date: Months and seasons can be deleted from the Date field.

Editing Essay (i.e., Book Chapter) Records

  • Editing the title: Both the essay title and the book title can be transformed to title case. To use headline style/title case capitalization, right click the title of the book and select Transform Text > Title Case.
  • Editing publisher: The publisher can be edited. For example, the publisher name might need spelling out, as shown below.

Editing Dissertation and Thesis Records

  • Editing the title: To use headline style/title case capitalization, right click the title of the book and select Transform Text > Title Case.
  • Editing type: You will need to add "diss." after Ph.D. or "thesis" after M.A. or Th.M.
  • Editing place: You will need to delete the Place field.
  • Editing URL: You will want to delete the URL.

  • Once we finish, our record will look like this: