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Annotated APA style bibliography

Postby davidar » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:50 am

I've been using LaTeX for a few months now, and the one thing I've never really sorted out is bibliographies. Up until now, I've been using a slightly dodgy system for bibliographies (using the 'note' field to display 'accessed on' dates for websites), but now I need to present bibliographies in annotated APA style (I've been given this page as the standard to be used). I've tried using apacite, but it doesn't seem to be suitable.

So, long story short, what I'm looking for is a way to display APA bibliographies with annotations and retrieval dates. I apologise in advance if the solution is really simple, but I really have no idea what else to try and google doesn't seem to be helping.
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Postby Psqad » Fri Jun 27, 2008 5:50 pm

well, i am enforced to use APA-style as well. after a whole night work on it, i managed sort off working it.
firstly i tried to install the apa packages, but i did that completly wrong i guess(88 error messages). so i installed the full miktex installation, which i recommend to all new users of latex. sure, it takes one hour to install it, but once you install that, there is no need for additional packages to install, which mean that i had only a few common errors.
it works now, however there are still some problems with it:
the bibliography is not alligned properly according apa. this means this:

how it shows:

how it needs to be shown, ignore the interline distance:

i am still figure it out, but i have no clue how i should do it.
in my tex document i state:
  1. %-----------begin-preamble---------------------------
  2. \usepackage{graphicx} %to show graphics
  3. \usepackage{color} %to use 6 colors; useage: {\color{name}item} ;name= red, green, blue, cyan, yellow, magenta
  4. \usepackage{float} %to float graphics
  5. \usepackage{a4wide} %wide use of a4 paper
  6. \usepackage{url} %to show url's in url font
  7. \usepackage{amsmath} %extensive math possibilities
  8. \usepackage{algorithm,algorithmic} %use of algorithms
  9. \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} %to type non-ascii chars
  10. \usepackage{eurosym} %use: \euro
  11. \usepackage{apacite} %bibliography in apa-style
  12. \usepackage{tocbibind} %bibliography in toc

and finally i show the bibliography in this way:
  1. %====================================================
  2. %-----------------references-------------------------
  3. %====================================================
  4. \bibliographystyle{apacite}
  5. \bibliography{biblio}

and i ref to it in this way:

and it shows this, wat is perfect:
i include also my bib file for completeness, but i think it will not be of that importance:
  1. @article{markov:07,
  2. author = {Deslauriers, Alexandre and L'Ecuyer, Pierre and Pichitlamken, Juta and Ingolfsson, Armann and Avramidis, Athanassios N. },
  3. title = {Markov chain models of a telephone call center with call blending},
  4. journal = {Computers {\&} Operations Research},
  5. year = {2007},
  6. volume = {34},
  7. number = {6},
  8. pages = {1616-1645}
  9. }
  12. @article{tut:02,
  13. author = {Gans, Noah and Koole, Ger and Mandelbaum, Avishai },
  14. title = {Telephone Call Centers: Tutorial, review, and Research Prospects},
  15. journal = {Manufacturing {\&} Service Operations},
  16. year = {2002},
  17. volume = {5},
  18. pages = {79 - 141}
  19. }
  21. @book{koole:08,
  22. author = {Koole, Ger },
  23. title = {Call {Center} {Mathemathics}: {A} scientific method for understanding and improving contact centers},
  24. publisher = {Sophia Antipolis},
  25. year = {2008}
  26. }
  28. @proceedings{jason:03,
  29. author = {Mehotra, Vijay and Fama, Jason },
  30. title = {Call {C}enter {S}imulation {M}odeling: {M}ethods, {C}hallenges, and {O}pportunities},
  31. organization = {Winter {S}imulation {C}onference},
  32. year = {2003}
  33. }
  35. @proceedings{ld:03,
  36. author = {Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo },
  37. title = {An Approximate Gazetteer for GATE based on Levenshtein Distance},
  38. organization = {Winter Simulation Conference},
  39. year = {2007}
  40. }
  42. @intechreport{we:08,
  43. author = {Bendermacher, Chantal and Stankiewicz, Jan and Mohnen, Jesper and Opas, Mike and Van Daele, Pascal},
  44. title = {{I}nterview with {S}mols {N.},a team coordinator for {T}raffic {\&} {M}anagement {V}odafone},
  45. school = {Maastricht University, MICC},
  46. year = {2008}
  47. }
  50. @article{hd:50,
  51. author = {Richard W. Hamming},
  52. title={Error Detecting and Error Correcting Codes},
  53. journal={Bell System Technical Journal},
  54. year = {1950},
  55. volume= {26},
  56. number={2},
  57. pages={147 - 160}
  58. }
  61. @url{niel:08,
  62. author ={Nielsen, Jakob},
  63. title = {Ten Usability Heuristics},
  64. year = {2008},
  65. URL = {}
  66. }

so, maybe someone has the magic solution for my problem, but it is of no hurry as i already hand in my paper. however i like to know the mistake i made.

if anyone has a recommandation, i like to hear it

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Postby wtmonroe » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:13 pm


Has anyone found a solution for the problem raised here? I would also like a Latex template that would allow the display of APA style annotated bibliographies as they are shown here ... htm#sample I am not very well versed in the details of Latex or Bibtex but it appears that the apacite package (that I generally use to format my bibliographies) does not make use of the annote field and thus will not permit the display of annotated bibliographies.

If anyone has found or created an appropriate template or bst style for this I would be very interested. Perhaps there is another way to achieve this formatting that I have overlooked.



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Postby diaper » Tue May 28, 2019 10:34 pm

Use \bibliographystyle{apacann}, not \bibliographystyle{apacite}. Also, remove \usepackage{tocbibind} because it prevents the hanging indent that APA requires

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Postby Ijon Tichy » Wed May 29, 2019 8:20 am

The most APA conform bibliography can be achieved using »biblatex-apa – BibLaTeX citation and reference style for APA«. It implements citations and references conforming to the APA6 style guide. Unfortunately it does not support annotations. A simple suggestion could be to use note instead of annotation, but another suggestion is to add annotations to all drivers that should support them. This can be done using xpatch. Here is an example:
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  1. \begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
  2. @article {
  3. WGW1986,
  4. author={Waite, L. J. and Goldschneider, F. K. and Witsberger, C.},
  5. year={1986},
  6. title={Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations
  7. among young adults},
  8. journaltitle={American Sociological Review},
  9. volume={51},
  10. pages={541-554},
  11. annotation={The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown
  12. University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women
  13. and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young
  14. adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving
  15. them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their
  16. hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were
  17. fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents
  18. before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in
  19. attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited
  20. below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a
  21. result of nonfamily living.},
  22. }
  23. \end{filecontents*}
  25. \documentclass[a4paper]{article}% For APA publications apa6 could be the
  26. % better class.
  28. \usepackage[main=USenglish]{babel}
  29. \usepackage{csquotes}
  30. \usepackage[style=apa]{biblatex}
  31. \addbibresource{\jobname.bib}
  33. \usepackage{xpatch}
  34. \xpatchbibdriver{article}{\usebibmacro{finentry}}{%
  35. \setunit{\adddot\par}\newblock
  36. \usebibmacro{annotation}%
  37. \usebibmacro{finentry}%
  38. }{}{\PaTCHFailURE}
  40. \begin{document}
  41. \section{Test}
  42. See also \autocite{WGW1986}.
  43. \printbibliography
  44. \end{document}

Please note: You need to use biber instead of BiBTeX with this example. And you must not load apacite, natbib, cite or another bibliography/cite package.

Note also: You should not use package a4wide (see l2tabu). And almost all LaTeX editors use UTF8 as default encoding, so \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} is also not recommended.
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