I'm encountering a problem when using Overleaf. I've used \usepackage[dutch]{babel} and my table of contents and header of my bibliography is all Dutch, which is great. However, my bibliography itself, is in English.

For example when I quote a chapter in a book, the bibliography says chapter 582 or first edition, whereas it should say hoofdstuk (Dutch for chapter) 582 and first editie (Dutch for edition).

I've tried \bibliography{bib.bib}{dutch} , but that did not work.

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    With biblatex, you can have different languages. With classic bst files, not.
    – Johannes_B
    Mar 12, 2018 at 14:23
  • en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/…
    – Johannes_B
    Mar 12, 2018 at 14:24
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    It depends a bit on the BibTeX style you're using, too, e.g. apacite does have Dutch support. Most BibTeX styles don't have multilingual language support.
    – imnothere
    Mar 12, 2018 at 14:28
  • I use Overleaf and bibliographystyle{unsrt}
    – Nienke
    Mar 12, 2018 at 14:52

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You can use the package babelbib, which has support for Afrikaans, Bahasa, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Swedish. It provides translated versions of plain, alpha, unsrt and abbrv. With the option fixlanguage it assumes the language provided to babel is desired for the bibliography.

MWE (note that the filecontents part is not necessary, it's just to create a .bib file on the fly):

    author = {Jan Jansen},
    title = {Interessante Verhandeling},
    chapter = {3},
    publisher = {ABC Boeken},
    year = {2018}
Zie \cite{mychapter}.

\bibliography{\jobname}  % replace \jobname with the name of your bib file


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  • Thanks that worked! I did however in addition need to change \usepackage{natbib} to \usepackage[numbers]{natbib} or otherwise I would get an error.
    – Nienke
    Mar 13, 2018 at 10:02
  • Could you please tell me how to create the .bib file?
    – Twink
    Feb 22, 2021 at 0:26
  • @Twink I'm not really sure I understand your comment. Does it have to do with the current question or answer about changing the language for a bibliography made with bibtex? Or do you have a different question about bibliographies? If your comment was about this question, then you should clarify what you mean exactly. If it is a different question, then you should start a new question by pressing the 'Ask Question' button on the top of the page.
    – Marijn
    Feb 22, 2021 at 6:15

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