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Biblatex style guide: Information about biblatex styles.

Biblatex Default Styles

Biblatex offers a variety of default styles and can replace practically every existing BibTeX-related LaTeX-package. This style guide gives a quick overview over the default styles in biblatex and may ease your decision. Note that there are five general citation styles with several sub-styles that differ only in detail and that would need a longer and more complex example document to show the differences. Therefore, they will be only described shortly.

To select a style put it into the LaTeX preamble and the biblatex options:

\usepackage[...,style=YourDesiredStyle]{biblatex}

(for the other options indicated in the "..." read this page)

Note that biblatex gives you the option of selecting different styles for the citations and for the bibliography. You can load them like this:

\usepackage[...,bibstyle=YourDesiredBibliographyStyle,citestyle=YourDesiredCitationStyle]{biblatex}

Note that the following references are all in German. The text is English. Hope you do not mind. The first item is a book, the second an article (from a journal) and the third a chapter in a collection.

Note: The following LyX example files use a non-available document class (bblmemoir). To use them, switch the document class to Book (memoir) (or simply article - missing the chapter environment) and use the biblatex.module as explained on this page.
Also make sure that the BibTeX database is either in your TEXMF tree or that the paths of the \addbibresource or \bibliography preamble command are absolute and typo free.
The language encoding in the example files is set to Unicode (ucs-extended)(utf8x), not utf8, so it may give error “incompatible package 'ucs' “ upon typesetting. Set language to utf8.
The bibliography processor is set to “Default” and may not generate a bibliography, instead only print the bibtexkey at the intext link. Setting bibliography processor to biber has been found to solve this.

Citation style: numeric

Writing academic papers sometimes can be quite boring. Thanks to Umberto Eco, there is at least one good book on writing a thesis [1]. Organizing your references with your computer can make life a lot more simple, Markus Krajewski has written about this [2]. And if you decide on writing a paper, then please do not make it too boring, as Michael Stitzel suggests [3]! Now, to read any of these references, you will need to learn German first. . .

References

[1] Umberto Eco. Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit schreibt. Doktor-, Diplom- und Magisterarbeit in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Trans. by Walter Schick. 10th ed. Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Verlag, 2003.

[2] Markus Krajewski. “(Un)Tiefen elektronischer Textarchive. Zu Status und Produktionsbedingungen digitaler Literatur”. In: KODIKAS/CODE. Ars Semeiotica 24.3–4 (2001). Pp. 143–148.

[3] Michael Stitzel. “Zur Kunst des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens - bitte mehr Leben und eine Prise Belletristik!”. In: Lust und Last des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens. Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer geben Studierenden Tips. Ed. by Wolf-Dieter und Joachim Stary Narr. 1st ed. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999. Pp. 140–147.

numeric-comp

This is a compact variant of numeric and prints instead of “[3, 1, 5, 7, 2, 8]” something like “[1-3, 5, 7, 8]” if there are several references directly following each other.

numeric-verb

This is a verbose variant of numeric and prints instead of “[3, 1, 7]” somethinkg like “[3]; [1]; [7]” if there are several references directly following each other.

Citation style: alphabetic

Writing academic papers sometimes can be quite boring. Thanks to Umberto Eco, there is at least one good book on writing a thesis [Eco03]. Organizing your references with your computer can make life a lot more simple, Markus Krajewski has written about this [Kra01]. And if you decide on writing a paper, then please do not make it too boring, as Michael Stitzel suggests [Sti99]! Now, to read any of these references, you will need to learn German first. . .

References

[Eco03] Umberto Eco. Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit schreibt. Doktor-, Diplom- und Magisterarbeit in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Trans. by Walter Schick. 10th ed. Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Verlag, 2003.

[Kra01] Markus Krajewski. “(Un)Tiefen elektronischer Textarchive. Zu Status und Produktionsbedingungen digitaler Literatur”. In: KODIKAS/CODE. Ars Semeiotica 24.3–4 (2001). Pp. 143–148.

[Sti99] Michael Stitzel. “Zur Kunst des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens - bitte mehr Leben und eine Prise Belletristik!”. In: Lust und Last des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens. Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer geben Studierenden Tips. Ed. by Wolf-Dieter und Joachim Stary Narr. 1st ed. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999. Pp. 140–147.

alphabetic-verb

This is a verbose variant of alphabetic and prints instead of “[Eco03; Kra01; Sti99]” somethinkg like “[Eco03]; [Kra01]; [Sti99]” if there are several references directly following each other.

Citation style: authoryear

Writing academic papers sometimes can be quite boring. Thanks to Umberto Eco, there is at least one good book on writing a thesis (Eco 2003). Organizing your references with your computer can make life a lot more simple, Markus Krajewski has written about this (Krajewski 2001). And if you decide on writing a paper, then please do not make it too boring, as Michael Stitel suggests (Stitzel 1999)! Now, to read any of these references, you will need to learn German first. . .

References

Eco, Umberto (2003). Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit schreibt. Doktor-, Diplom- und Magisterarbeit in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Trans. by Walter Schick. 10th ed. Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Verlag.

Krajewski, Markus (2001). “(Un)Tiefen elektronischer Textarchive. Zu Status und Produktionsbedingungen digitaler Literatur”. In: KODIKAS/CODE. Ars Semeiotica 24.3–4. Pp. 143–148.

Stitzel, Michael (1999). “Zur Kunst des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens - bitte mehr Leben und eine Prise Belletristik!”. In: Lust und Last des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens. Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer geben Studierenden Tips. Ed. by Wolf-Dieter und Joachim Stary Narr. 1st ed. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag. Pp. 140–147.

authoryear-comp

This is a compact variant of authoryear and prints instead of “Eco 2003b; Eco 1992; Krajewski 2001; Eco 2003a” something like “Eco 1992, 2003a,b; Krajewski 2001”.

Citation style: authortitle

This style is suited for citing in footnotes. To do so in LyX, put the each citation into a footnote. For compatibility reasons with the wiki, I did not put it in footnotes in the text (but in the example-files, I did). This style can make use of the shorttitle-field (which is new in biblatex).

Writing academic papers sometimes can be quite boring. Thanks to Umberto Eco, there is at least one good book on writing a thesis (Eco, Wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit). Organizing your references with your computer can make life a lot more simple, Markus Kra jewski has written about this (Krajewski, “(Un)Tiefen elektronischer Textarchive”). And if you decide on writing a paper, then please do not make it too boring, as Michael Stitel suggests (Stitzel, “Zur Kunst des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens - bitte mehr Leben und eine Prise Belletristik!”)! Now, to read any of these references, you will need to learn German first. . .

References

Eco, Umberto. Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit schreibt. Doktor-, Diplom- und Magisterarbeit in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Trans. by Walter Schick. 10th ed. Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Verlag, 2003.

Krajewski, Markus. “(Un)Tiefen elektronischer Textarchive. Zu Status und Produktionsbedingungen digitaler Literatur”. In: KODIKAS/CODE. Ars Semeiotica 24.3–4 (2001). Pp. 143–148.

Stitzel, Michael. “Zur Kunst des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens - bitte mehr Leben und eine Prise Belletristik!”. In: Lust und Last des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens. Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer geben Studierenden Tips. Ed. by Wolf-Dieter und Joachim Stary Narr. 1st ed. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999. Pp. 140–147.

authortitle-comp

This is a compact variant of authortitle and prints instead of “Eco, First title; Eco, Second title” something like “Eco, First title, Second title”.

authortitle-ibid

This is an ibidem variant of authortitle and replaces immediately repeated citations by “ibidem” unless the citation is the first on on a page or double page spread.

authortitle-icomp

This is a compact and ibidem variant of authortitle and includes features of both variants.

authortitle-terse

This is a terse variant of authortitle and prints the title of an author only if the bibliography contains more than one work by that author.

authortitle-tcomp

This is a compact and terse variant of authortitle and includes features of both variants.

Citation style: verbose

This style is suited for citing in footnotes. To do so in LyX, put the each citation into a footnote. For compatibility reasons with the wiki, I did not put it in footnotes in the text (but in the example-files, I did). This style can make use of the shorttitle-field (which is new in biblatex).

Writing academic papers sometimes can be quite boring. Thanks to Umberto Eco, there is at least one good book on writing a thesis (Umberto Eco. Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit schreibt. Doktor-, Diplom- und Magisterarbeit in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Trans. by Walter Schick. 10th ed. Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Verlag, 2003). Organizing your references with your computer can make life a lot more simple, Markus Krajewski has written about this (Markus Krajewski. “ (Un)Tiefen elektronischer Textarchive. Zu Status und Produktionsbedingungen digitaler Literatur”. In: KODIKAS/CODE. Ars Semeiotica 24.3–4 (2001). Pp. 143–148). And if you decide on writing a paper, then please do not make it too boring, as Michael Stitel suggests (Michael Stitzel. “Zur Kunst des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens - bitte mehr Leben und eine Prise Belletristik!”. In: Lust und Last des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens. Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer geben Studierenden Tips. Ed. by Wolf-Dieter und Joachim Stary Narr. 1st ed. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999. Pp. 140–147)! Now, to read any of these references, you will need to learn German first. . .

References

Eco, Umberto. Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlußarbeit schreibt. Doktor-, Diplom- und Magisterarbeit in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Trans. by Walter Schick. 10th ed. Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Verlag, 2003.

Krajewski, Markus. “(Un)Tiefen elektronischer Textarchive. Zu Status und Produktionsbedingungen digitaler Literatur”. In: KODIKAS/CODE. Ars Semeiotica 24.3–4 (2001). Pp. 143–148.

Stitzel, Michael. “Zur Kunst des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens - bitte mehr Leben und eine Prise Belletristik!”. In: Lust und Last des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens. Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer geben Studierenden Tips. Ed. by Wolf-Dieter und Joachim Stary Narr. 1st ed. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999. Pp. 140–147.

verbose-ibid

This is an ibidem variant of verbose and replaces immediately repeated citations by “ibidem” unless the citation is the first on on a page or double page spread.

verbose-note

This is a note variant of the verbose style and prints a full citation the first time an author is cited and prints a short citation afterwards and points to the footnote with the full citation.

verbose-inote

This is an ibidem and note variant of the verbose style and includes features of both variants.

verbose-trad1

This is a trad1 variant of verbose and uses a traditional citation scheme. It prints a full citation the first time and a short citation afterwards and uses even more (scholarly) abbreviations “ibidem”, “idem”, “op. cit.” and “loc. cit.”. Apart from that, it can make use of the shorthand field (new in biblatex?); shorthands are introduced at the first cite (e.g. Kant: Kritik der reinen Vernunft, KrV) and used afterwards (e.g. Kant: KrV).

verbose-trad2

This is a trad2 variant of verbose and is similar to verbose-trad1. It uses less scholarly abbreviations and behaves more like verbose-ibid and verbose-inote.

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