Export to bibtex format with special characters in Zotero

I use Zotero to manage my citations when writing in LaTeX. To do this, you need to export your library to a .bib file. However, if you have special characters (for example é) in your citation entries, they can cause problems when you are compiling the final document. In the past I solved this by running a find-and-replace on the exported .bib file, but I found a much better way from David Meyer. You tell Zotero to display a character encoding option when exporting the library, then export the library with Western character encoding.

Display character encoding option on export

  1. In Zotero, go to edit>preferences
  2. Click on the export tab
  3. Make sure the “Display character encoding option on export” option is checked

Export library with Western encoding

  1. In Zotero, go to file>export library…
  2. Enter the location that you want the .bib file to be saved to
  3. There should be a drop-down menu entitled “Character Encoding” where you should select “Western”

Now you shouldn’t have any issues compiling with cited authors named Thérèse for example.


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