# Problems with website formatting in apacite's reference page

This is a very specific problem, but it's driving me crazy. I'd like my output to look like this:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number, page range. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

With the url the same font as the reference and without a period at the end of the reference.

My problem is that I'm getting either the url in a different font or a period at the end of the reference.

My bib file looks something like this:

@article{ rospa,
year = {n.d.},
title = {Seat Belts: A short history},
journal = {The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents},
howpublished = {Retrieved March 7, 2014, from
in-carsafetycrash-worthiness/seat-belt-history.aspx}
}

@article{ ehow,
author = {Sefcik, Lisa},
title = {Seat belt law history},
journal = {eHow},
url = {http://www.ehow.com/facts\_5008257\_seat-belt-law-history.html},
urldate = {March 7, 2014},
year = {n.d,}
}


And my tex file looks something like this:

\documentclass[man, apacite]{apa6}
\AtBeginDocument{\urlstyle{APACsame}}
\author{weirdesky}
\title{test}
\shorttitle{test}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\cite{rospa}
\cite{ehow}
\bibliography{test}
\end{document}


And I get the rospa citation with a period at the end and the ehow citation with the url in a weird font.

I looked around and found \urlstyle{same} with apacite , and tried using the solution (although I don't know what it really does), but it didn't work. Is there a way around this, or am I going to have to use the literal section?

I tried using \bibnodot{.}, but I get an undefined control sequence error.

• PS Have you considered biblatex?
– cfr
Apr 8, 2014 at 0:52
• No? To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what biblatex is. Just that it's the thing that's making my bbl file (I think). Apr 8, 2014 at 1:28
• You're using bibtex. biblatex (ideally with biber) offers much more flexible handling of bibliographies and it is a lot easier to tweak the formatting. If it is an option (i.e. you don't have to conform to a requirement to use bibtex) it is worth looking into. It can use existing .bib files so initially it is pretty easy to dabble until you need to do something like this and then it makes life a lot easier.
– cfr
Apr 8, 2014 at 1:30
• Alright, I'll take a look. Apr 8, 2014 at 1:59

\documentclass[man,apacite]{apa6}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@article{ rospa,
year = {n.d.},
title = {Seat Belts: A short history},
journal = {The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents},
in-carsafetycrash-worthiness/seat-belt-history.aspx}
}

@article{ ehow,
author = {Sefcik, Lisa},
title = {Seat belt law history},
journal = {eHow},
url = {http://www.ehow.com/facts\_5008257\_seat-belt-law-history.html},
urldate = {March 7, 2014},
year = {n.d,}
}
\end{filecontents}
\author{weirdesky}
\title{test}
\shorttitle{test}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\cite{rospa}
\cite{ehow}
\urlstyle{rm}% modify as appropriate
\bibliography{\jobname}
\end{document}

• Yes, that was exactly what I needed. I was placing my \urlstyle{} tag in the preamble. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you. It now works perfectly. I'd vote this answer up, but I can't. Apr 8, 2014 at 1:07
• @weirdesky You accepted it though ;). Note that I also loaded url. Perhaps this isn't necessary if apa6 duplicates the functionality but the code seems to do different things depending on what's available (but I didn't look too deeply).
– cfr
Apr 8, 2014 at 1:10
• I didn't load url, but if it gives me trouble, I'll give that a shot. Now I just have to work on removing that line between the title and my name on the title page. Apr 8, 2014 at 1:23

In order to use \bibnodot{.} you need to have \usepackage{apacdoc} in your preamble. E.g. for titles that end with punctuation, it does what's required. Although note that titles that end with question marks seem to be processed just fine without this special treatment.

In LaTeX:

\usepackage{apacite}            % APA style citations
\usepackage{apacdoc}


In BibTeX:

@book{gabriel2002writer,
Author = {Gabriel, Richard P},
Publisher = {Addison-Wesley Longman Publishing Co., Inc.},
Title = {{W}riter's {W}orkshops and the {W}ork of {M}aking {T}hings: {P}atterns, {P}oetry$\ldots$\bibnodot{.}},
Year = {2002}}