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Bibliographies in LaTeX

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For me bibliographies are the one thing that makes LaTeX worthwhile. However, linguistics bibliography styles are apparently unusual in the LaTeX world (like so much else) and require a bit of work.

If you’ve already started learningLaTeX and ran into problems, see Common tasks.

Getting started with bibliographies

There are two methods of getting bibliographies in LaTeX.

  1. is the easiest way to start if you are still having trouble making your first LaTeX document compile. The Wikibook chapter gives a clear and simple introduction.
  2. BibTeX lets you reuse references and easily change their formatting by keeping them in a separate file, neutrally formatted. Start with this simple introduction and refer to the Wikibook chapter when you need more clarification.
    • Make sure you run twice, then (minus .tex), then twice more.
    • Your file should be in the same directory as the .tex file, or in (which may have a slightly different name on your system). Note: When I move/add any subfolders/files I have to run and sometimes other programs to inform LaTeX of the change.

Linguistics bibliography styles

Note: Bibliography styles come in files, and the command is . Often a given bibliography style will recommend or require a package as well. I recommend the package wherever possible because it modifies the commands in useful ways and is required for the newer bibliography styles designed for linguistics.

Standard LaTeX doesn’t come with bibliography styles which enable the standard linguistics convention of listing the first author as Last Name, First Name and subsequent authors as First Name Last Name. If you’re not fussy about that, you can use one of the many styles imitating APA format. I recommend the following:

  • The bibliography style, the simplest and most venerable APA-like bibliography style. Requires the or package. I can’t find formal documentation, but there is a history/overview of all the APA alternatives in the manual.

If you need to match a journal’s citation format exactly, you can use the tool to generate a custom bibliography style. But why not check if someone else has done the work already? See Importing from outside standard LaTeX if you’re not sure how to import someone else’s code.

It’s also worth searching the LaTeX Bibliography Styles Database to see if a new bibliography style has been added for a journal you’re interested in.

Other tools

Reference management

It’s easy to make mistakes typing all the braces in BibTeX files. Google Scholar can generate BibTeX, but it’s inaccurate half the time. Most people use one of the following tools; also see the long list at Wikipedia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 March 2018
Monthly LBO update
  • 1,471 bibliographical references added
  • 68 journals updated
2 new journals added: 33 new language keywords added: 2 new subject keywords added: 1 February 2018
Monthly LBO update
  • 987 bibliographical references added
  • 33 journals updated
2 new journals added: 15 January 2018
Monthly LBO update
  • 1,625 bibliographical references added
  • 42 journals updated
8 new language keywords added: 3 new subject keywords added: Browsable lists updated:
7 December 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 1,775 bibliographical references added
  • 70 journals updated
3 new journals added: 7 new language keywords added: 2 November 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 1,304 bibliographical references added
  • 40 journals updated
1 new journal added: 4 new language keywords added: 2 October 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 1,013 bibliographical references added
  • 44 journals updated
3 new journals added: 5 new language keywords added:
September 2017
Now available in print: Linguistic Bibliography for the year 2016

Linguistic Bibliography for the year 2016 covers publications on language and linguistics from 2016 as well as recent publications from previous years that had not been indexed until now. The yearbook contains a total of 20,028 entries and features indexes of names, languages and subjects. All of the bibliographical references collected in the yearbook for 2016 are digitally available in Linguistic Bibliography Online.
For more information about Linguistic Bibliography for the year 2016, visit Brill's website.

8 September 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 2,518 bibliographical references added
  • 37 journals updated

5 new journals added:

16 new language keywords added: 19 new subject keywords added:

3 August 2017
Monthly LBO update

  • 6305 records added
  • 90 journals updated
5 new journals added:
21 new language keywords added:
43 new subject keywords added:


1 June 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 1636 records added
  • 64 journals updated
15 new journals added:

7 new language keywords added:

3 new subject keywords added:


4 May 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 3178 records added
  • 43 journals updated
3 new journals added:

19 new language keywords added:


6 April 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 1476 records added
  • 57 journals updated

8 new journals added:

13 new language keywords added:
2 March 2017
Monthly LBO update
  • 1847 records added
  • 128 journals updated

5 new journals added:


17 new language keywords added:
2 February 2017
Monthly LBO update
10 January 2017
Language and subject keywords updated

The following 120 new keywords were added to the list of language keywords:
The following 21 new keywords were added to the list of subject keywords:

5 January 2017
Monthly LBO update

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