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I compiled my own bst file using the latex makebst command. This is a brilliant way of amending the style of references.

However, makebst creates a very ugly 'URL' prefix for web-pages. It just looks awful in a reference list.

How can I get rid of this ugly prefix? Thus far I amended the bbl file (I think it is line 5), but there must be a way of eliminating URL forever.

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grep URL /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/custom-bib/*

reveals

 "\providecommand{\urlprefix}{URL }"

so you just need to define \urlprefix to anything else (eg {}) then if it has a definition \providecommand does not redefine it.

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