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I have a BibTeX item as follows.

@inproceedings{Orsdemir2008,
    Author = {Orsdemir, A. and Altun, H. and Sharma, G. and Bocko, M.},
    Booktitle = {Proc. IEEE MILCOM’ 08},
    Month = {Nov},
    Pages = {1-7},
    Title = {On the security and robustness of encryption via compressed sensing},
    Year = {2008}}

I am under \documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran} and invoke the reference part by

{\footnotesize
\bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}
\bibliography{myBibFile}}

I then get this as the result.

[10] A. Orsdemir, H. Altun, G. Sharma, and M. Bocko, “On the security and robustness of encryption via compressed sensing,” in Proc. IEEE MILCOM 08, Nov 2008, pp. 1–7.

As you may have found out, the ' just after MILCOM is missing. How may I fix this?

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The "apostrophe" character in your code is not an ASCII single quote ('), i.e. the character of hexadecimal ASCII code 27, but a Unicode "right single quotation mark" (), i.e. the Unicode character of codepoint U+2019. Once you've noticed that, the problem should become clear, because BibTeX does not support Unicode characters (sorry, it's the best link I could find).

I'm guessing you probably copied that BibTeX entry from somewhere on the Internet and then pasted it into your bib file, and the ASCII single quote got lost in the process... if it ever was in the original BibTeX entry to begin with!

Simply replace the Unicode character in question by an ASCII single quote. After running pdflatex, bibtex, and then pdflatex twice, you should get:

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\documentclass[]{IEEEtran}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
    @inproceedings{Orsdemir2008,
        Author = {Orsdemir, A. and Altun, H. and Sharma, G. and Bocko, M.},
        Booktitle = {Proc. IEEE MILCOM '08},
        Month = {Nov},
        Pages = {1-7},
        Title = {On the security and robustness of encryption via compressed sensing},
        Year = {2008}}
\end{filecontents}

\begin{document}

Text \cite{Orsdemir2008}.

{\footnotesize
\bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}
\bibliography{\jobname}}

\end{document}
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Good catch - must have switched it over when I moved it from MILCOM' to '08... –  cslstr Mar 28 at 2:08
    
@cslstr Yes, I guess. To be fair, it's easy to miss. –  Jubobs Mar 28 at 2:26

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