While citation generators are a great time-saver, you still need to verify and check information in references in your account as well as in the final document. It is much easier and faster to check for errors as you are importing references into Zotero rather than waiting to correct the errors in your final word processing document.
Here are some issues to watch for:
Most databases use inconsistent title capitalization. Sometimes a title will be exported from a database:
In order for Zotero to format the title correctly for any citation style, you want the title of the reference in your Zotero Library in Sentence case, that is, with the first letter of the title capitalized as well as any proper nouns or acronyms.
Example for an article title: Common core standards for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.
To easily create sentence case:
Binomial (scientific) names, foreign language words and phrases, or titles of another work within a title need to be italicized when Zotero exports the final citation into a text document. Zotero does not automatically recognize italics when importing records.
This article title displays italics correctly when inserted into a text document:
Yang, F., Qureshi, J. A., Leonard, B. R., Head, G. P., Niu, Y., & Huang, F. (2013). Susceptibility of Louisiana and Florida populations of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to pyramided Bt corn containing Genuity®Vt Double ProTM and SmartstaxTM traits. Florida Entomologist, 96(3), 714–723. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.096.0303
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