# What bibliography style should I use in a presentation?

I am using authoryear (from biblatex) style for articles. However, for beamer presentations, this style is not useful. Indeed, the complete references are cited at the end of the presentation ; so I have severals slides with only references. I will not take 5 min at the end of my presentation to allow everyone to read my bibliography (it makes no sense).

If I decide to use a verbose style which will put references in footnotes, I have other problems : Many footnotes eats the space and they are too tiny to allow a good reading...

Does someone is aware of a bibliography style designed for beamer presentation?

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It is probably best to go with a slightly more verbose Author/Year/Title style in the presentation itself and have a printed bibliography handout ready. Also: Do not cite too many references, only the necessary ones. –  moewe Jan 21 at 17:43
just manually type author and two digit year. people can find any paper hence it's a habit not a requirement to put bibliography in a presentation. To be honest noone cares otherwise they ask about it. –  percusse Jan 21 at 18:28
The beamer user guide is quite adamant in its claim that it's best not to include a bibliography -- of any kind -- in a beamer presentation... –  Mico Jan 21 at 19:26
@Mico ok but it is sometimes hard to reconcile this claim and academics needs. –  ppr Jan 21 at 20:55
Are the references important? If so, are there more than one or two? If there are one or two important ones, leave them on the final slide while you take questions. If there are more than that, use a handout. Even if there are only one or two, a handout maybe better. If they are unimportant, cut them. People who want them can still ask. Whichever you do, work attributions into the text of the slides so that you are giving due credit but don't include the references in the slides themselves. (Author-year is not terrible. A page number is OK if you are teaching and this is an assigned text.) –  cfr Jan 22 at 1:48
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This is the template, I often use. It is essentially beamers default, but with a triangle as list symbol instead of the document icon.

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: bibtex
% arara: pdflatex
\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{literature.bib}
@book{van2012latex,
title={\LaTeX\ and Friends},
author={{van Dongen}, R.C.},
isbn={978-3-642-23816-1},
lccn={2011945089},
year={2012},
publisher={Springer}
}

@book{mittelbach2004latex,
title={The \LaTeX\ Companion},
author={Mittelbach, F. and Goossens, M.},
isbn={978-0-133-38764-3},
year={2004},
publisher={Pearson Education}
}

@book{knuth2004texbook,
title={The \TeX book},
author={Knuth, D.E.},
year={2004},
}
\end{filecontents*}
\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[triangle]
\begin{document}
\raggedright
\nocite{*}
\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{literature}
\end{frame}
\end{document}


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Use this..

References\\
\begin{itemize}
\barrow Beamer Users Guide:\\
\url{www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/beamer/doc/beameruserguide.pdf}\\ \vspace{.2cm}\footnotesize

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