[OS X TeX] Re: APA citation style

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Thu Mar 22 14:58:01 CET 2007

At 9:47 AM +0100 3/22/07, Bastian Philipps wrote:
>Alan Munn said the following on 22.03.2007 07:04:
>>TeX Live does have apacite, but unless you are sending things to an 
>>APA journal, it's probably not worth dealing with.  A better 
>>solution is to use natbib and the apalike.bst file, which are part 
>>of gwTeX and TeX Live.  This will produce APA style references that 
>>will probably satisfy all but the most picky.
>Just curious, why shouldn't I use apacite?
>So far I have always used apacite, when APA-style citations were 
>required, and I have been quite happy and satisfied with its usage 
>and results.
>What makes the combination of natbib and apalike superior?

Maybe I was a little too strong in my recommendation.  In my field, 
journals unfortunately have various different styles that they 
require, and for this reason I need to use natbib.  Since the 
citation commands in natbib are different from those in apacite it is 
a pain to change between the two.  Also, the OP was concerned about 
installing a package that didn't exist as part of gwTeX, so the 
natbib/apalike solution would allow him to install nothing new. If 
all you will ever need is APA citations then apacite is probably a 
good choice, but if you need more flexibility then natbib is a better 
choice. (And in fact, the new biblatex may turn out to be even better 
in the long run, although the learning curve is a little steep.)


Alan Munn 
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