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
- In Zotero, go to edit>preferences
- Click on the export tab
- Make sure the “Display character encoding option on export” option is checked
Export library with Western encoding
- In Zotero, go to file>export library…
- Enter the location that you want the .bib file to be saved to
- 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.