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I am using the harvard-package for the bibliography of my reports, who are written i Norwegian. In my preamble i have the babel-package.

However, when I use i.e. the @inbook entry in my .bib-file, and specify a chapter, like this:

TITLE       = {Title of the chapter},
PUBLISHER   = {Publisher},
YEAR        = {2009},
MONTH       = {September},
CHAPTER     = {E},
SERIES      = {Title of the book},

it is printed like this in the bibliography:

Title of the chapter (2009). Title of the book, Publisher, chapter E.

I want it to say kapittel instead of chapter. How do I do this?

And also, if I use the @techreport entry, and don't specify any TYPE, it's displayed as Technical report. Would it also be able to translate this into the Norwegian Teknisk rapport?

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Not a direct answer to your question, but would you consider switching to biblatex? See for example tex.stackexchange.com/questions/25701/… for some info about the differences. – Torbjørn T. Mar 7 '12 at 18:16
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The "chapter" keyword is hardwired in the bibliography style file. If you want to change it, assuming you're using


then make a copy of agsm.bst that you find on your system and call it, say, xagsm.bst, keeping it next to your main document. Edit the copy finding where it has the string


(quotes included) and change it to

"\harvardchaptername "

(quotes and space included). Then in your main file preamble put


and modify the \bibliographystyle line into


Some other modifications along the same lines might be necessary for other hardwired keywords.

In order to change the name of a TechReport it's sufficient to add the field

TYPE = {Teknisk rapport},

in the corresponding entry in the .bib file.

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