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BibDesk has a preview feature that allows you to visualize the typeset output of the reference you just entered.

I would like to know how to make BibDesk to typeset the preview using APA style.

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In the BibDesk preferences there is a Preview panel. Choose apalike as the BiBTeX style:

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Thanks Alan, it works perfectly. I am very grateful. – giancarlo Diano Feb 18 '13 at 3:57

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