# How to use APA format for references with 'unsrt' bibliography

I want my references to be cited within text using the square brackets and with the order they appear in the thesis like this [1]. While the reference to be in APA like format like this:

[1] Bouwkamp, J.G., and Bolhom, J.K, 1963, “Dynamic Response of a Two- Story Steel Frame Structure “ , Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America , Vol.56, No. 6, Dec.,1963 , pp. 1289- 1303.

I tried using \bibliographystyle{unsrt,apalike} but seems we can't mix both, so how to produce the above format?

Using the apalike only produced references that are not ordered by the order of their appearance in text. And using unsrt only produced reference format like:

[1] J.G. Bouwkamp and J.K. Bolhom. Dynamic Response of a Two- Story Steel Frame Structure , Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America , Vol.56, No. 6, pp. 1289- 1303, 1963.

SO I want to make citation style like "unsrt" but Bibliography style as "APA", how to do this?

• This doesn't make sense. APA defines intext quotes to be author, date. – Johannes_B Jul 30 '17 at 3:13
• apalike produces Author, date, title but without double quotes " around " and the references are not ordered according to the order of citation, do you know a way to edit this apalike style to produce the output stated above in question, I will try someway for making a new bst file like here (tex.stackexchange.com/questions/120722/…) and will let you know if it worked – faridasabry Jul 30 '17 at 11:40
• APA is a relatively strict author date style (harvard). The bibiography is supposed to be sorted alphabetically, as opposed to numerically and by order of citation as known for the vancouver system. unsrt is a style of the vancouver family, APA is style of the harvard family. – Johannes_B Jul 30 '17 at 11:44
• But unfortunately, the required format mixes both :( thank you :) – faridasabry Jul 30 '17 at 11:46

You can't do this easily with natbib but you can do it quite simply with biblatex:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}

@incollection{incollection,
Author = {AuthorOne, First and AuthorTwo, Second and AuthorThree, Third and AuthorFour, Fourth},
Booktitle = {Edited Book on Important Stuff},
Editor = {EditorOne, Ed and EditorTwo, Ed},
Title = {Article Title},
Year = {2017}}

@inproceedings{inproceedings,
Author = {AuthorOne, First and AuthorTwo, Second and AuthorThree, Third and AuthorFour, Fourth},
Booktitle = {Proceedings of the Conference on Important Stuff},
Title = {Article Title},
Year = {2016}}
\end{filecontents*}

\usepackage[american]{babel}
\usepackage[bibstyle=apa,citestyle=numeric,sorting=none]{biblatex}
\DeclareLanguageMapping{american}{american-apa}
\DeclareFieldFormat{labelnumberwidth}{[#1]}

\defbibenvironment{bibliography}
{\list
{\printfield[labelnumberwidth]{labelnumber}}
{\setlength{\labelwidth}{\labelnumberwidth}%
\setlength{\leftmargin}{0pt}%
\setlength{\labelsep}{\biblabelsep}%
\setlength{\itemsep}{\bibitemsep}%
\setlength{\itemindent}{\labelwidth}%
\setlength{\parsep}{\bibparsep}}%
\renewcommand*{\makelabel}[1]{\hss##1}}
{\endlist}
{\item}

\begin{document}

Citing something \autocite{incollection}

Citing something else \autocite{inproceedings}

Citing again \autocite{incollection}
\printbibliography

\end{document}


• But this have the same effect as using \usepackage[numbers]{natbib} and \bibliographystyle{apalike}, but what I want is to have : Citing something \autocite{incollection} =>[1] Citing something else \autocite{inproceedings}[2] and Citing again \autocite{incollection} [1] with the references having the APA style but the title within quotes " " – faridasabry Jul 29 '17 at 22:21
• Add sorting=none to the biblatex options. I've updated the answer. – Alan Munn Jul 29 '17 at 22:44
• I received an error with biblatex not found!!, will check what is the problem and get back to you. – faridasabry Jul 30 '17 at 11:44