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I would like to change the URL output from:

URL: the html link

into:

[Online]URL: [Accessed on]

I am using:

\usepackage[comma]{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{agsm}
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Here I have explained the step by step to modify another bst from the harvard bundle; please refer to it for the step-by-step.

agsm.bst does not provide a urldate field, so you'd have to add by yourself to a modified bibtex style. I created the agsm-url.bst from the original agsm.bst and added a urldate field to it as in this answer. The diff:

43a44
>     urldate
165c166,171
<     { "\newline\harvardurl{" URL * "}" * write$ newline$ }
---
>     { "\newline\harvardurl{" URL * "}" * write$ newline$ 
>     urldate empty$
>       { skip$ }
>       { "[Accessed on: " urldate * "]" * write$ newline$ }
>       if$
>     }

If you don't want the linebreak before the URL block, just delete the \newline

Then I redefined the \harvardurl macro with

\renewcommand{\harvardurl}[1]{[Online] URL: \textit{#1}}

See this answer about redefining it to add hyperlinks with hyperref

Here's a MWE:

% Adapted bib file from tugboat.bib
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
  @article{online,
    author = {Robert Welland},
    title = {{Editor's Comments}},
    journal = {TUGboat},
    volume = {1},
    number = {1},
    pages = {2--3},
    month = oct,
    year = {1980},
    ISSN = {0896-3207},
    urldate = {Fri Jul 13 10:24:20 MDT 2007},
    url = {http://www.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/bib/tugboat.bib}
  }
  @article{offline,
    author = {Richard Palais},
    title = {{Message from the Chairman}},
    journal = {TUGboat},
    volume = {1},
    number = {1},
    pages = {3--7},
    month = oct,
    year = {1980},
  }
\end{filecontents}
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[comma]{natbib}
% natbib.sty, line 1042:
\renewcommand{\harvardurl}[1]{[Online] URL: \textit{#1}}
\begin{document}
\cite{online,offline}
\bibliographystyle{agsm-url}
\bibliography{\jobname}
\end{document}

And the output:

mwe sample

  • Thank you for your prompt response. However I am facing a problem because of the bst file. While I am tryinf to generate the bibtex I am having an error "pte=20, stack='20---the literal stack isnt empty for entry online while executing---line 1349 of file agsm-url.bst – Kerk Aug 23 '15 at 1:10
  • I tried so many alternatives by the same error keeps happening with the .bst file. I even tried the example file you posted as it is: ptr=2, stack= '20 0 ---the literal stack isn't empty for entry online while executing---line 1350 of file agsm-url.bst – Kerk Aug 23 '15 at 9:30
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    I just did it again here with no errors. What I've done is: 1. I copied the diff and put it in an agsm-url.diff file; 2. I copied the agsm.bst locally with a cp `kpsewhich agsm.bst` agsm-url.bst; 3. I patched the new agsm-url.bst file with the diff file mentioned before with patch agsm-url.bst < agsm-url.diff; 4. I copied the MWE and compiled it perfectly. – henrique Aug 23 '15 at 23:03
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    In case anybody has problems applying the patch, the patched file is at gist.github.com/moewew/6c65c256c9420d64f3b264c0a78774c0 – moewe Apr 17 '18 at 12:14

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