I'm new here but I see the place looks hyperactive. I guess I'll ask a lot in the next months. So new to LaTeX and starting my PhD thesis redaction.

I got this template for a PhD thesis at openwetware here http://openwetware.org/wiki/LaTeX_template_for_PhD_thesis. Very nice. An interactive pdf is generated with clickable reference between figures and parts/sections and also references. Plus the reference implemented with the correct URL are clickable. I went inside the .bst file but it is very barbarian to me. :s

So I 'm very happy with it but there is one big problem. I need references of my bibliography at the very bottom (like footnotes) of the page I first cite them. And. I'd like to conserve this interactive property of the references. Is that possible ?

I'd be infinitely grateful for any help.

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    In my opinion you shouldn't use such templates. It is easier for you to build you own header. Your template has also some mistakes. You can start with a modern documentclass like scrbook or memoir Jun 12, 2011 at 22:40
  • I know so little about latex .. makes me scared to make a whole file ... What errors / mistake did you see ?
    – oo1on
    Jun 12, 2011 at 23:02
  • oo1on: Don't be scared, and read this question.
    – lockstep
    Jun 12, 2011 at 23:08

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The template you pointed to uses the natbib package to manage citations and the bibliography. While this package features a lot of possible citation styles, to the best of my knowledge it isn't suited for footnote citations containing (as I assume you want) the full bibliographic information. That's another reason why, as Marco pointed out, you should start with classes like scrbook or memoir and add packages and personal modifications only as needed.

In the following compilable example, I use the scrbook class (part of KOMA-script) plus the biblatex and hyperref packages to produce clickable citations that point to the full bibliographic information in the footnote.





  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},
  url = {http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/4420/best-way-to-start-using-latex-tex},




Some text \autocite{A01}.



(The filecontents environment is only used to include some external files directly into the example, so that it compiles. It is not necessary for the solution.)

  • Thank you Marco & lockstep for those quickreplies. Will look at it tomorrow ... getting late here :/ lockstep I compiled your file. Will it be possible to refer and link a citation (being as footnote) to an external url ? Thanks again for the replies !
    – oo1on
    Jun 12, 2011 at 23:18
  • @oo1on: External URL added to the example.
    – lockstep
    Jun 12, 2011 at 23:35

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