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I would like to cite Alan Greenspan's speech from 1996. What should the appropriate bibtex entry look like?

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    Interesting question. But did you really listen to the speech in person, or did you consume another medium (video, transcript) that you could cite?
    – mafp
    Jun 20, 2013 at 15:31
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    @mafp makes a good point. The question isn't really about bibtex unless you have some specific citation/bibliography style (APA, MLA etc.) that specifies what needs to be present etc. See: Citing a speech in APA. For a one-off use, you can use the misc entry type, but for works involving lots of speeches, a more nuanced approach might be necessary. See, for example Creating Entry in Bibtex for Executive Orders which shows how to create and use a custom entry.
    – Alan Munn
    Jun 20, 2013 at 15:36
  • @mafp, I consumed the transcript that I linked to in the question.
    – Grzenio
    Jun 20, 2013 at 15:37
  • Then you have a website to cite, and this might help.
    – mafp
    Jun 20, 2013 at 15:40
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    If you want to cite that web page and you are using biblatex the most appropriate entry type is online, in my opinion. But if the citation is referred to the speech, misc is probably better. Jun 20, 2013 at 15:41

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You don't give much to go on in terms of what bibliographical style you need/want. But you could do something like this for BibTeX

% usage: latex <file>, bibtex <file>, latex <file>, latex <file>
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@Misc{greenspan1996,
  author =       {Greenspan, Alan},
  title =        {The Challenge of Central Banking in a Democratic
                  Society},
  year =         {1996},
  month =        {12},
  note =         {Remarks by Chairman Alan Greenspan at the Annual
                  Dinner and Francis Boyer Lecture of The American
                  Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research,
                  Washington, D.C. [Accessed: 2013 06 20]},
url ={http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/speeches/1996/19961205.htm},
}
\end{filecontents}

\usepackage{natbib}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\begin{document}

I read: \cite{greenspan1996}.

\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\bibliography{\jobname}

\end{document}

However, I recommend using biblatex (and biber). Even the default output looks much better in my opinion:

% usage: latex <file>, biber <file>, latex <file>
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@Online{greenspan1996,
  author =   {Greenspan, Alan},
  title =    {The Challenge of Central Banking in a Democratic
                  Society},
  date =     {1996-12-05},
  url = {http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/speeches/1996/19961205.htm},
  note =     {Remarks by Chairman Alan Greenspan at the Annual
                  Dinner and Francis Boyer Lecture of The American
                  Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research,
                  Washington, D.C.},
  urldate =      {2013-06-20}}
\end{filecontents}

\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}
\usepackage[backend=biber]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{\jobname.bib}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\begin{document}  

I read: \cite{greenspan1996}.

\printbibliography
\end{document}

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