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NEW Bibliography Problems with Masters/Doctoral Thesis

Postby ajm91 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:24 pm

Hello everyone!

I am writing my master's thesis using LaTex (specifically on a Mac with TeXShop and Mendeley to generate my .bib file) and I would like to use this Masters/Doctoral Thesis template but I am encountering some problems with the bibliography and in-text citations. All I am trying to accomplish is to use APA-style citations both in the bibliography and for the in-text citations - they should look like this -> (Author, Year). However, using this template the bibliography doesn't print in the PDF and I can only manage to get the in-text citations to look like (Author Year) or (Author; Year) -> it should be a comma between the author and year.

I have looked through some introductions to LaTex and tried using the "natbib" package and simple commands like this at the beginning or end of the main.tex file (I tried in both locations):

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  1. \bibliography{name}
  2. \bibliographystyle{apalike}

I have also tried to follow the suggestions of another post here ("Changing the bibliography style to APA in MasterDoctoralThesis Template") to switch to biber using these lines of code in the front matter:

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  1. \usepackage[backend=biber,style=apa,natbib=true]{biblatex}
  2. \DeclareLanguageMapping{english}{english-apa}
  3. \addbibresource{example.bib}

Whenever I try to make any of these changes, I consistently get the same error message:

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  1. Runaway argument?
  2. {\376\377\000
  3. ./main.tex:92: File ended while scanning use of \@@BOOKMARK.
  4. <inserted text>
  5. \par
  6. l.92 \begin{document}
  8. ?

Like I said, I have already tried to inform myself a bit as I am new to LaTex, but at this point, I no longer have any idea on what to try. Any help or clarification would be much appreciated! Also, sorry if the post is a bit long, but I just wanted to provide as much (hopefully helpful) information as possible.

Thanks everyone!

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Postby ajm91 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:16 pm

Furthermore, I tried using the Classic Template instead (grasping at straws here) and in this template the in-text citations appear as [Author, Year] after using \citep{Author, Year}. So in this template the comma is not a problem but now the citation is in brackets and not parentheses. This template also manages to include the Bibliography in the TOC but still doesn't print the bibliography page. What am I doing wrong?

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