APA Style BibDesk

Motivation

When previewing literature database entries in BibDesk, I’d like to have precisely the same format as I’m going to have a dissertation. To do that, I found this.

Installation

You can simply open the TeX Preview preferences of BibDesk, and click on Edit... next to TeX template.

Then standard template is this:

documentclass[letterpaper]{article}
usepackage{url}
pagestyle{empty}
textwidth = 6.5in
voffset = -105pt
hoffset = -120pt
renewcommand{refname}{}

begin{document}
nocite{<<CiteKeys>>}
bibliography{<<File>>}
bibliographystyle{<<Style>>}
end{document}

Note that I’ve added usepackage{url} to the standard template so that Bibtex would not balk out when I was using that tag in e.g. a note field.

Replace that content by this:

documentclass[letterpaper]{article}

pagestyle{empty}
textwidth = 6.5in
voffset = -105pt
hoffset = -120pt

renewcommand{refname}{}

 % Times-like font
usepackage{mathptmx}

% biblatex-apa specific
usepackage[american]{babel}
usepackage[autostyle]{csquotes}
usepackage[style=<<Style>>,backend=biber]{biblatex}
DeclareLanguageMapping{american}{american-apa}

addbibresource{<<File>>.bib} % you have to add ``.bib'' here because,
                              % for some reason, it won't find the
                              % file without it

% The following command is provided for LaTeX2RTF compatibility with amslatex.
newififlatextortf
iflatextortf
providecommand{bysame}{_____}
fi

renewbibmacro*{addinfo2}{%
   %printtexte[brackets]{% DELETED
   iffieldequalstr{entrysubtype}{nonacademic}
     {}
     {iffieldbibstring{entrysubtype}
        {bibcplstring{thefield{entrysubtype}}}
        {printfield{entrysubtype}}}%
    setunit*{addsemicolonaddspace}%
    ifentrytype{report}{}{printfield{note}}%
    %} % DELETED
    }

DeclareSourcemap{
  maps[datatype=bibtex]{
    map{
      step[fieldsource=note, final]
      step[fieldset=addendum, origfieldval, final]
      step[fieldset=note, null]
    }
  }
}
DeclareFieldFormat{journaltitle}{mkbibemph{#1},} % italic journal title
DeclareFieldFormat[article]{title}{`#1',} % title of journal article is
DeclareFieldFormat[misc]{title}{mkbibemph{#1} }
DeclareFieldFormat[article]{volume}{#1~}
DeclareFieldFormat[article]{pages}{#1}
defbibenvironment{bibliography}
{list
 {}
 {setlength{leftmargin}{bibhang}%
  setlength{itemindent}{-leftmargin}%
  setlength{itemsep}{bibitemsep}%
  setlength{parsep}{bibparsep}}}
{endlist}
{item}

setlengthbibitemsep{1.7itemsep}
renewbibmacro*{pageref}{%
  addperiod% NEW
  iflistundef{pageref}
    {}
%    {printtext[parens]{% DELETED
    {newlinefootnotesizeprinttext[parens]{% NEW
       ifnumgreater{value{pageref}}{1}
         {bibstring{backrefpages}ppspace}
     {bibstring{backrefpage}ppspace}%
 %      printlist[pageref][-value{listtotal}]{pageref}}}}% DELETED
       printlist[pageref][-value{listtotal}]{pageref}addperiod}}}% NEW

  DeclareCiteCommand{citeauthor}
  {boolfalse{citetracker}%
   boolfalse{pagetracker}%
   usebibmacro{prenote}}
  {ifciteindex
     {indexnames{labelname}}
     {}%
   printtext[bibhyperref]{printnames{labelname}}}
  {multicitedelim}
  {usebibmacro{postnote}}

  DeclareCiteCommand{citeyear}
  {boolfalse{citetracker}%
   boolfalse{pagetracker}%
   usebibmacro{prenote}}
  {ifciteindex
     {indexnames{labelname}}
     {}%
   printtext[bibhyperref]{printdate}}
  {multicitedelim}
  {usebibmacro{postnote}}

begin{document}

nocite{<<CiteKeys>>}
printbibliography[heading=none] % I don't want a heading on my previews

end{document}

The referenced example is much shorter, but I’ve fixed some other things while doing this; e.g., making sure that Note fields are not wrapped in square brackets.

To use it, back in the BibDesk settings, as a style enter apa and also, for the BibTeX path next to Full path to bibtex:, enter /Library/TeX/texbin/biber.

Observation

While that precisely works, it has a substantial downside: Biber is significantly slower than BibTeX. So I ended up switching back, and keeping both configuration files as a backup in ~/Library/Application Support/BibDesk/. Unfortunately, BibDesk only applies for one template, previewtemplate.tex to exist, which means, I’ve to copy around the template should I need to, and also, change back and forth between Biber and BibTex as BibTeX path.

Anyway, it is not particularly nice, but workable.


Related: [[Computer/LaTeX/- -|LaTeX]]

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