I am writing a document in article class, using natbib, and would like to produce a bibliography with icons in the left-hand margin, which illustrate the type of resource being listed. After some Googling, I've seen that some Beamer-style bibliographies have this option, and I like the beamer-style icons fine.

Is there any way to get a Beamer-style bibliography, or any bibliography with such icons in the margins (perhaps using something like marginpar), when using article class with natbib? If not, is there any way to do so in article class, using something other than natbib, like biblatex?

  • Could you provide some information about which beamer-style bibliography styles you have in mind? Presumably, there's more than on such style. By the way, if you already have the beamer .bst file, you should be able to use it in documents of class article just as well as as in documents of class beamer.
    – Mico
    May 2, 2014 at 5:23
  • @Mico, it's my understanding that these icons are a feature of the standard bibliography in beamer. See slides 35--36, here. I've not used beamer myself to have tried out any specific styles.
    – user61367
    May 2, 2014 at 15:43

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It is easy to do in biblatex using \marginpar.

A possible way is to use the begentry hook to call \marginpar and the \ifentrytype conditionals to control what to put in the margin.

Here is a basic structure to do that.


By default if you use a one-side layout, the marginals are in the right margin to put on the left you have to use \reversemarginpar before using them.

For the icons, use \includegraphics or any other way to include them instead of the ARTICLE/BOOK/OTHER... placeholders.

  • Thank you @Guido! May I also ask how it's done in biblatex? (Of if that information is elsewhere, just give me a pointer.) I'm considering making the change to biblatex in the near future.
    – user61367
    May 2, 2014 at 8:55
  • Unfortunately, I'm getting an error that "\renewbibmacro{begentry}" is an undefined control sequence.
    – user61367
    May 2, 2014 at 15:43
  • The solution I provided is for biblatex. You have to load biblatex with \usepackage{biblatex} (and often many options)
    – Guido
    May 2, 2014 at 22:36

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