[OS X TeX] biblatex author-year styles

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Tue Jan 18 09:36:53 CET 2011

On 18.01.2011, at 03:58, <cfrees at imapmail.org> <cfrees at imapmail.org> wrote:

> I have finally got around to experimenting with biblatex but have run
> into some (teething?) problems. One of these is that biblatex wants to
> use more of a date in the (author year) label in the bibliography than
> I expect.
> The following is a "misc" entry but I have the same issue with e.g.
> @article:
> @misc{mlkjr-ihad,
> 	author			=	mlkjr,
> 	title 			=	{I Have a Dream},
> 	publisher		=	king-papers-project,
> 	address			=	wash-dc,
> 	note			=	{This speech was delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs
> and Freedom},
> 	url			=	{http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/kingweb/publications/speeches/address_at_march_on_washington.pdf},
> 	date			=	{1963-08-28}}
> This gives me (King, Jr., Martin Luther 28th Aug. 1963) as the label in
> the bibliography. Similarly for journal, newspaper & magazine articles
> etc.
> biblatex-chicago gives results closer to what I'd expect but
> unfortunately is not friendly to British punctuation, being an American
> citation format. There is a way around this but it involves either
> editing the biblatex-chicago files themselves (not a good idea both
> because they'll get overwritten and because I may need them in their
> present format) or replicating the biblatex-chicago framework under
> another name.
> I assume, though, that there is an obvious answer to this and that I'm
> simply being dumb. I am currently using:
> 	\usepackage[natbib=true,sortcites=true,bibstyle=authoryear,citestyle=authoryear-comp,block=space]{biblatex}
> to call biblatex and:
> 	\printbibliography[title=References]
> to print the bibliography.

I can't reproduce that. With your settings, I get the in-intext citation "King, 1963". But it could well be that you I did something different than you. Please post a working minimal example if you need further advice. It's difficult to say something definite from the bits and pieces you posted. You didn't even say which \cite command you used.

> I am using bibtex as backend. (I don't think biber is even available
> for PPC 10.4.)

The problem you're seeing is certainly not bibtex/biber related. But if you want to use biber, you can definitely build it on PPC as well. There are no pre-built binaries, but you can build it yourself if you need to.


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