Is there a central 'warehouse' or, perhaps, a 'list of collections', of bibliography styles?

My preference is for BibLaTeX, but I'm sure answers for BibTeX would also be helpful.

I don't have any specific requirements, but I would be interested in (a) trying things out to see examples of bibliography formatting and (b) learning how to build such things myself.


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  • bibstyles.pdf contains previews of reference lists and in-text citations for 44 styles.

  • "BibTeX Style Examples" contains previews of reference lists and in-text citations for 52 styles.

  • "BibTeX Bibliography Styles" contains previews of reference lists and in-text citations for 119 styles, displayed in separate files.

  • "Choosing a BibTeX style" contains previews of 9 BibTeX styles, along with advice on how to choose a style according to the subject of the paper.

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    Thank you. The other answers were also very helpful -- my thanks to Andy and Schweinebacke -- but this one had the richest examples. Nov 17, 2011 at 14:09
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    I recommonend the last link (reed.edu/cis/help/LaTeX/bibtexstyles.html) as it provides a quick and neat overview.
    – Qaswed
    Aug 23, 2017 at 13:34
  • The first link gives me a 404 error
    – usernumber
    Jun 12, 2020 at 13:46
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    When I click the first link, it prompts for a username and password.
    – Szabolcs
    Jul 14, 2020 at 13:59

Sorry for my very (very) late answer, but I hope it would help anyway. I've made a collection, named Debibify, of some bibTeX bibliography styles.

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    This is very useful!
    – Russ Lyons
    Mar 1, 2017 at 17:19
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    You're never too late for the future :) Aug 29, 2019 at 8:58

As a starting point, I look on my own computer in the files that came with e.g. TexLive: .../tex/latex/biblatex and other stuff in .../tex/latex that starts with biblatex. I take the style that is closed to what I want and copy the file in the local directory and rename the .cbx file. In this case, I renamed it to brent.cbx. I further make an almost empty .bbx file like this one

%$Id: brent.bbx,v 0.1 2011/11/16 12:44:46 thomas stable $

[\abx@bbxid $Id: brent.bbx,v 0.1 2011/11/16 12:44:46 thomas stable $]




and name it brent.bbx. First, numeric-comp is taken and then I change something. In this case, I wanted the journal volume to be bold. So I changed




This way, I try to slowly come to the style I like.

My tex file:


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=brent]{biblatex}


My bib file:

author = {L. D. Landau}, 
title={On the Theory of Phase Transitions I},
journal = {Phys. Z. Sowjet.},
volume = {11},
pages = {545},
year = {1937}

I keep looking in the other files in the mentioned directory, if I am still missing something I want to change. The files that came with biblatex or rather TexLive were always good enough for me to find what I was looking for.

  • Thank you, Andy for the effort you put into this. I particularly appreciate the way you pushed the envelope of my question a bit - very useful. Nov 16, 2011 at 13:42
  • The collection from the Dorian work/answer can be useful to find a style similar to our goal.
    – Hastur
    Apr 27, 2017 at 15:54

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