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apacite with Bibtex

Postby Weaver » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:04 am

Greetings all,

Just making my first foray into APA style, with 6th edition, using Bibtex to handle the bibliography function.
Pretty sure I have everything right, with:
  1. \documentclass[a4paper]{apa6e}
  2. \usepackage{apacite}
  3. \bibliographystyle{apacite}
  4. \title{}
  5. \shorttitle{}
  6. \author{}
  7. \authornote{}
  8. \abstract{}
  9. \begin{document}
  10. \maketitle
  12. ... in the preamble, and:
  14. \bibliography{Laing}
  15. \end{document}

... tacked on at the end, with the Bibtex file properly named as Laing.bib, and in the same folder as the document.

All I can get when I place \cite{refkey} into the text body, however, is (?, ?).
So, there's a communication breakdown somewhere. After some time of working at it, I can't work it out however.

All packages are installed in a Texlive installation, on Debian, using TexMaker as an editor. I thought I might have been creating bib entries incorrectly, so downloaded JabRef, and even used the automagic refkey selection with that with the same result, so there's a missing step somewhere.

Any time and trouble appreaciated.


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Postby Johannes_B » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:49 am

Hi and welcome,

this is one oof the most confusing things for beginners. You have to run an extra command that gets the contents of the bib-database, sorts them and write stuff to a file that is read by LaTeX next time.
Please refer to Question marks instead of citation.

If you have the freedom to choose, use the modern combo of biblatex and biber. They are much more flexible.

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Postby Weaver » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:11 pm

Well, thanks, but unless I can identify what that command actually is I'm not in a position to do anything about the situation.
I find no reference to it on Stack, other than the fact that Bibtex references the bib file, then writes a bbl file, which isn't happening.
Until I can find out why that isn't happening, I'm no further ahead than before.
Thank s for your time and trouble anyway.

When I find out what the answer is, I'll write it up on both forums, which is how I've handled things within the OS community I've been a part of over the last 20 years.

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Postby Weaver » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:35 pm

O.K., mystery solved.
I'm used to writing code in other areas, but not this, so had to figure out the compile chain scenario through an editor.
That's quite easy through the tabs at the top, however.
Organise bibtex into the sequence, prior to pdflatex, and cycle it so that the bib file gets recognised and the bbl file created and everything's hunky dory.
Thanks to all.

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