My .bib file contains the following entry:

@Article{ LM11,
title = "Name of paper",
author = "Author A and Author B",
journal = "Arxiv",
year = "2011",
url = "http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/..."

The problem: when compiling, the title/author/journal shows ok, the URL does not appear at all. Same goes with similar entry types (e.g. book)

The bibliography is included in the following two lines:

  • If you would use biblatex, then there is option url controlling whether URL should be shown in non-online entries, which is true by default, so it would work out-of-the-box. – przemoc Jun 26 '11 at 14:39

The plain bibliography style does not support the url field. Use e.g. the plainurl style instead (and load the url package).




@Article{ LM11,
title = "Name of paper",
author = "Author A and Author B",
journal = "Arxiv",
year = "2011",
url = "http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/..."


Some text \cite{LM11}.



(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.)

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  • +1 Thanks! Although I first wondered why it didnt work, I realized I had to run BibTex again, then build the PDF one more time :) – Philip Daubmeier Jun 15 '12 at 15:06

I had the same problem, and ultimately the following worked for me, seemingly also to be the simplest solution (in a hosted environment where I could not alter bib styles):




citing as:


with a bib like:

    author = {Crunchy Bacon},
    title = {Breakfast at Murphy's},
    month = {May},
    year = {2000},
    publisher = {Bacon Daily},
    note ={\url {http://www.dailybacon.com} (visited: 2014-11-09)}
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    Welcome to TeX.SX! It is better to provide full examples – user31729 Nov 9 '14 at 21:03

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