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I am using TexShop (version 3.92) on Mac to write a PhD thesis. I had been using BibDesk (Version 1.6.13) for my references using the following bibliography commands:

\usepackage{chicago}
\bibliographystyle{chicago}

\bibliography{references}

However, the intext citations had initials as well as surname, and no comma before the date. For example:

(Johnstone, L.R. 2016)

And I'd like to use APA style, so in text citations would appear like this:

Johnstone (2016) states that.... or Some text here (Johnstone, 2016) Some text here.

I looked at some previously answered questions on here and it appears that the use package biblatex should resolve the issue, however, the in text citations still include first initials and have no comma, but now the brackets are missing:

Some text here Johnstone, L.R. 2016 some text here.

I am using the following commands:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twoside,openright]{report}

\usepackage[backend=bibtex, style=authoryear, sorting=ynt]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{references}

\begin{document}

\printbibliography

\end{document}

Sorry if this has a simple solution, I am not a LaTex expert. I have tried a few things that people have suggested on other threads and nothing has worked as yet.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Edit:

the bib file looks like:

@book{girginovparry2005, 
  Address = {{Oxon, UK}}, 
  Author = {{Girginov, V., Parry, J.}}, 
  Date-Added = {2017-10-02 18:06:52 +0000}, 
  Date-Modified = {2017-10-02 18:06:52 +0000}, 
  Publisher = {{Routledge}}, 
  Title = {{The Olympic Games explained: A student guide to the evolution of the modern Olympic Games}}, 
  Year = {{2005}}}
  • Welcome to TeX SX! Could you post afull compilable code? – Bernard Dec 16 '17 at 21:30
  • Thanks Bernard- what do you need- the whole source file? It is quite lengthy. – LAB Dec 16 '17 at 21:39
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    No. A minimal file showing the problem (with some bibliography items). B.t.w. did you try loading biblatex-chicago? – Bernard Dec 16 '17 at 21:43
  • This was using Biblatex: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twoside,openright]{report} \usepackage[applemac]{inputenc} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage[backend=bibtex, style=authoryear, sorting=ynt]{biblatex} \addbibresource{references} \begin{document} \include{chapter1} \printbibliography \end{document} – LAB Dec 16 '17 at 22:49
  • I have discovered that using the APA use package in natbib gives the right format in the reference list, but the references in the text still have the initials (ie. (Girginov, V., Parry, J., 2005) rather than (Girginov & Parry, 2005)): \documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twoside,openright]{report} \usepackage[applemac]{inputenc} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite} \bibliographystyle{apacite} \begin{document} \include{chapter1} \bibliography{references} \end{document} – LAB Dec 16 '17 at 22:50
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You have several errors in your bib entry, for example do you not need to double the brackets and authors are divided by and, not a comma!

Please see the following complete MWE (with package filecontents I added the corrected bib entry and called style apa with biblatex and biber. Used article to get citings and bibliography on one page):

\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@book{girginovparry2005, 
  Address = {Oxon, UK}, 
  Author = {Girginov, V. and Parry, J.}, 
  Date-Added = {2017-10-02 18:06:52 +0000}, 
  Date-Modified = {2017-10-02 18:06:52 +0000}, 
  Publisher = {Routledge}, 
  Title = {The Olympic Games explained: A student guide to the evolution of the modern Olympic Games}, 
  Year = {2005},
}
\end{filecontents*}


\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twoside,openright]{article}

\usepackage[%
  backend=biber, % bibtex <=============================================
  style=apa, % authoryear <=============================================
  natbib, % <===========================================================
  sorting=ynt
]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{\jobname.bib} % ========================================

\begin{document}

text \cite{girginovparry2005}  text \citet{girginovparry2005} 
text \citep{girginovparry2005} text \parencite{girginovparry2005} 
\printbibliography

\end{document}

and the resulting pdf:

resulting pdf

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