I use biblatex for the table of contents with:

\usepackage[bibstyle=authoryear, autocite=footnote, citestyle=authoryear-icomp, backend=biber]{biblatex}

I have several entries with fields url and note. (e.g. the types electronic (a.k.a. alias type online) or type article contain an url field). In the PDF output the note field always comes before the url, however I would like to have it the other way around, that is, the url first followed by note.

For example:

  author = {Isabell Lorey},
  year = {2008},
  title = {Kritik und Kategorie},
  note = {Last retrieval at May 21, 2012.},
  url = {http://eipcp.net/transversal/0806/lorey/de}

Prints in PDF as:

Lorey, Isabell (2008). Kritik und Kategorie. Last retrieval at May 21, 2012. URL: http://eipcp.net/transversal/0806/lorey/de.

However I want it to be:

Lorey, Isabell (2008). Kritik und Kategorie. URL: http://eipcp.net/transversal/0806/lorey/de. Last retrieval at May 21, 2012.

  • 1
    Would the addendum field be okay for you? If not, do you really want the url and note field reversed only for online and article?
    – moewe
    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:24
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    I forgot: Do not use the note field for last retrieved dates, just whack the date into the urldate field. In your case: @ELECTRONIC{Lorey2008, author = {Isabell Lorey}, year = {2008}, title = {Kritik und Kategorie}, urldate = {2012-05-12}, url = {http://eipcp.net/transversal/0806/lorey/de} }
    – moewe
    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:29
  • What's addendum (I do not see this in JabRef)? Actually, I would always have the url before note, because I use note for the "Last retrieval at ..." part, but maybe there is also a better solution than using the note field for this?
    – nachtigall
    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:32
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    I'm not familiar with JabRef, sorry. For addendum have a look at page 14 of the biblatex documentation. Looking at the biblatex documentation (p. 22) you should really rather use the urldate field as shown above.
    – moewe
    Sep 8, 2013 at 10:37

1 Answer 1


Using urldate now. However, I also needed to do some style customization, which was easy following the recommendations from Add "Retrieved", "Last accessed" or similar information to authoryear in biblatex and Two questions on biblatex: remove parentheses on urldate, and change "url" label

Thanks to @moewe!

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