How do you set up your BibTeX style file (.bst) so that it makes author's surnames (last names) uppercase?

Example of what I want:

SILVERMAN, David. Interpreting qualitative data: methods for analysing talk, text, and interaction. 2nd ed. London [etc.]: Sage, 2002. 325 p. ISBN 0-7619-6865-2.

I've made a custom BibTeX .bst file for my needs. My current format.names.author is as follows: http://pastebin.com/efsgrwDR

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    Could you please give us your complete .bst file? Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 16:16

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I also recommend that you run the program makebst.tex through LaTeX. One of the questions that comes up early is the font to use for the rendering of surnames. Choose the option "small caps" (I know, this isn't exactly what you want, but bear with me). After you're done with the makebst program, open the resulting bst file and search for the command "\textsc{" inside the function {scaps}; replace the string textsc with MakeUppercase, leave everything else unchanged, save the file, and try it out on your bibliography. Happy TeXing!


I suspect using makebst is the easiest way out. Just install custom-bib and read the documentation. It will ask you a series of questions and generate a .bst file that fits your needs.

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