I'm having some problems with the citations in the Tufte class. I have several questions related to this which i will post below, but first i will provide a minimum working example, test.tex:




Some text~\autocite{bobylev}.  
Lots and lots of more text~\autocite{Zhong}.  
Delicious yummy text~\autocite{xu2004}. OmNomNom~\autocite{Lockerby}.



And a simple bibliography testBib.bib:

 author = {Bobylev, A. V.},
 title = {The Chapman–Enskog and Grad methods for solving the
 Boltzmann equations},
 journaltitle = {Soviet Physics - Doklady},
 number = {27},
 year = {1982}

 author = {X. Zhong, R.W. Maccormack and  D.R. Chapman},
 title = {Stabilization of the Burnett equations and application to high-altitude     hypersonic flows},
 journaltitle = {AIAA Journal},
 year = {1993}

 title = "High-resolution Burnett simulations of micro Couette flow and heat transfer ",
 journaltitle = "Journal of Computational Physics ",
 year = "2003",
 author = "Lockerby, D.A. and Reese J.M."

  title={Microchannel flow in the slip regime: gas-kinetic BGK--Burnett solutions},
  author={Xu, K. and Li, Z.},
  journaltitle={Journal of Fluid Mechanics},

Which produces the following:

toc main body bibliography

In order to get numbered chapters, sections and subsection (not default in tufte-book class) i've done the following changes to tufte-common.def, changed




and added


All of this compiles "fine", but produces the following errors and warnings



  1. The errors seems to have something to do with the changes i made in tufte-common.def, but how else to achieve numbered chapters, sections and subsections?
  2. Why doesn't the contents show sections and subsections, isn't that what \setcounter{tocdepth}{2} does?
  3. I have to manually delete the test.bbl and test-blx.bib files or add a new entry to the bibTest.bib file to update the bibliography, i.e. changes I've done in the .bib file won't show unless i do this. That can't be right can it?
  4. The bibliography is not ordered in the order they are cited and vice versa, I would prefer that the first citation in my text appear as [1], the second number as [2] etc. Not the way they do now, [1],[3],[2],[4]. I know that biblatex has options for sorting and different cite styles, but non of my efforts has yielded the results I'm looking for. Surely there must be a way to achieve references ordered in ascending order? I've also tried using baceknd=biber but that only produces more error messages.
  5. Does anyone have any experience with the warning? Interpretations and ideally a way to fix them.

Additional information: Using tufte-book class v3.5.0, MiKTeX 2.9 and Sublime Text 2.0.2 as text editor.

I realize this is a rather long post with many questions so I will be very grateful for answers to any or all of my questions :)

  • Solved #2, \setcounter{tocdepth}{2} needs to be set in the tufte-book.cls file instead of tufte-common.def Dec 30, 2013 at 9:06
  • There is no need to change tufte-book.cls unless you want all of your documents using that class to look that way. You can change that in your own document, instead.
    – user9424
    Dec 30, 2013 at 14:07

1 Answer 1


Your example compiles fine, despite the erros, with the following (you may have forgotten \tableofcontents):




\title{A simple document}
\author{An author}




Some text~\cite{bobylev}.  

Lots and lots of more text~\cite{Zhong}.  
Delicious yummy text~\cite{xu2004}. OmNomNom~\cite{Lockerby}.



It seems that natbib, which Tufte classes use, is incompatible with biblatex, so that the error messages will not go away, although it compiles fine (see this).

As to your question #4, sorting=none does the trick.

  • o @Joseph: Could you possibly add an explanation of the relevance of natbib? Maybe I'm the only one puzzled by this but it is not obvious to me... [Why do I suddenly have to type a letter before I can use an @ symbol?]
    – cfr
    Dec 29, 2013 at 21:54
  • Yes forgot \tableofcontents in my example :) thank you very much for your suggestions, will try them out tomorrow, to tired now. Will post update on how it went Dec 29, 2013 at 21:55
  • @cfr, natbib is called by Tufte-LaTeX, see updated answer.
    – user9424
    Dec 29, 2013 at 23:15
  • @Joseph, Ah, thank-you. I looked in the .cls file but it seems it is squirrelled away in tufte-common.def.
    – cfr
    Dec 29, 2013 at 23:23
  • Your solution for wuestion #4 worked like a charm, thank you very much. Natbibs incompatability with Biblatex probably explains #3 as well Dec 30, 2013 at 9:01

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