Featured Book

LaTeX Beginners Guide

Who is online

In total there are 3 users online :: 0 registered, 0 hidden and 3 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 1327 on Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:11 pm

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

Partner Sites

TeXwelt - Fragen und Antworten goLaTeX
TeXblog
TeXnicCenter
TeXample

customising 'apacite.bst'

Add tags Information and discussion about BiBTeX - the bibliography tool for LaTeX documents.

customising 'apacite.bst'

Postby scooterb on Wed Jan 12th, 2011

Thanks in advance for helping me with this problem.

I use apacite package a lot, and it makes a Harvard-style bibliography. I want to make just one change: remove the \newline that is put between items in the bibliography list (so they appear as a dense block of ugly text!).

I thought this might do it:
\setlength{\bibitemsep}{0mm}

But it doesn't. I think I need to edit the .bst file, but I've never done that before. Any hints for me?

Thanks again.

Scott.
scooterb
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Jan 12th, 2011

Re: customising 'apacite.bst'

Postby frabjous on Wed Jan 12th, 2011

All right, I'll try to give you hints. Firstly, "apacite.bst" is not a package, it is a bibliography style. However, there is also a package called "apacite" (apacite.sty). Separate from this, there is also a harvard package, and six different harvard styles, and you also mentioned harvard. So it is very unclear what your document is like.

My next hint is that it will be impossible to provide help in this case unless you produce a minimal working example showing your usage.

I tried the following:

Code: Select all  •  Open in writeLaTeX
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{apacite}
\begin{document}
\cite{sample1,sample2}
\bibliographystyle{apacite}
\bibliography{sample}
\end{document
}


And there was no spacing at all between the entries in the bibliography. The apacite documentation also clearly says that the spacing is determined by the length \bibitemsep, and indeed, I can increase that space by modifying that length with \setlength. So if things are different with your document, you have not provided enough information to help us identify what that problem is. That's why a minimal working example is so important.
User avatar
frabjous
 
Posts: 2065
Joined: Fri Mar 6th, 2009
Location: Amherst, MA

Re: customising 'apacite.bst'

Postby frabjous on Wed Jan 12th, 2011

Actually, I think I might have misread what you're trying to do.

Do you want one big paragraph, with no demarcation at all between the entries? In that case, I don't think modifying the .bst will be necessary. You could just do something like this:

Code: Select all  •  Open in writeLaTeX
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{apacite}
\renewcommand{\bibitem}[2][]{}
\setlength{\bibleftmargin}{0pt}
\begin{document}
\cite{sample1,sample2}
\setlength{\bibitemsep}{2\baselineskip}
\bibliographystyle{apacite}
\bibliography{sample}
\end{document
}


The important thing here is the third and fourth lines, obviously.
User avatar
frabjous
 
Posts: 2065
Joined: Fri Mar 6th, 2009
Location: Amherst, MA

Re: customising 'apacite.bst'

Postby scooterb on Wed Jan 12th, 2011

Genius! Thanks! Re-defining the \bibitem function did the trick just as you suggested. And no mucking around with the .bst file, either.

Thanks again.
scooterb
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Jan 12th, 2011

Re: customising 'apacite.bst'

Postby localghost on Wed Jan 12th, 2011

Now that the problem is solved, please be so kind and mark the topic (not the last post) accordingly as clearly written in the Board Rules (to be read before posting). Please keep that in mind for the future so that further reminders will not be necessary.


Thorsten
LaTeX Community Moderator
How to make a "Minimal Example"
Board Rules
Avoidable Mistakes


¹ System: openSUSE 13.1 (Linux 3.11.10), TeX Live 2013 (vanilla), TeXworks 0.5 (r1351)
² Posting stopped indefinitely due to offenses
User avatar
localghost
Site Moderator
 
Posts: 9219
Joined: Fri Feb 2nd, 2007
Location: Braunschweig, Germany


Return to BiBTeX

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests