# Putting a bibliography citation at bottom of beamer slide

I read Place bibliography items at bottom of frame and tried making my own .bib file with just one entry. The entry is nothing out of the ordinary:

@book{Saussure1995,
Author = {Ferdinand de Saussure},
Origyear = {1916},
Publisher = {Payot},
Title = {Cours de Linguistique G{\'e}n{\'e}rale},
Year = {1995}}


However, when I try the MWE below, I don't actually get what Place bibliography items at bottom of frame shows, instead I just get Saussure1995 (the label I used for my entry) in bold letters without any citation details whatsoever. What could be the problem?

\documentclass{beamer}

\usepackage{biblatex}
\bibliography{example2}

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
Hello,World\footfullcite{Saussure1995}
\end{frame}
\end{document}

• It works out of the box with the standard pdflatex biber pdflatex workflow, and if you use \usepackage[backend=bibtex]{biblatex} with the workflow pdflatex bibtex pdflatex. Dec 30, 2014 at 6:58
• @Guido Unfortunately, none of those options work (for some reason). Dec 31, 2014 at 0:50
• are you able to run biber from the command line? are you able to run bibtex on other "normal" documents? Dec 31, 2014 at 5:28
• @Guido Yes to both those questions. Dec 31, 2014 at 6:25
• Then it should work out of the box. I have created the MWE on WriteLaTeX to show it works without problems (overleaf.com/2054094zcffhs). When you run biber\bibtex on the MWE what do you get in the log (blg file?). Can you also add \listfiles to the MWE to get the version of the sty and close used. Dec 31, 2014 at 6:36

Answering this question has been a real struggle (e.g., References at the end of beamer slides (Endnote export as text file)), here is a hack that I propose that I came up with thanks to a lot of trial and error (if someone could propose something else besides for this hack, I think that it would really help the community):

\documentclass{beamer}

\usepackage{biblatex}

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
Hello,World\footfullcite{Write something here, anything you like}
\end{frame}
\end{document}


Please note that using \footcite in place of \footfullcite produces the same output.

What I do in these cases is this:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage[absolute,overlay]{textpos}
\usepackage[style=authoryear,
doi=false,
isbn=false,
url=false,
firstinits=true]{biblatex}
\usepackage{calc}

\newcommand\FrameText[1]{%
\begin{textblock*}{\paperwidth}(\textwidth-\widthof{#1},0.92\textheight)\raggedright #1\hspace{0.5em}
\end{textblock*}}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Test}
\FrameText{\parencite{Saussure1995}}
\end{frame}

\end{document}


The output looks like this: