I'm using Mendeley to manage all my references and include them to overleaf over the bibtex import. Usually that works fine, but I figured out that the website references are displayed wrongly.

In Mendelay I fill in the Type "Web Page", The company (author) of the site, the URL and access date.

The bibtex arriving in Overleaf is the following:

  title = {{Scrambling data}},
  author = {{IBM}},
  url = {https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSXJAV_14.1.0/com.ibm.filemanager.doc_14.1/db2/copyscramb.html?cp=SS7EY3_3.1.0}

As you can see, the access date is completely missing, also it used @misc instead of @online.

Anyone an idea on how to fix this?

PS: I'm using biblatex and biber using the apa style. But they can't produce it correctly without having the info in the file.

  • Maybe tex.stackexchange.com/q/428959/35864 can help.
    – moewe
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 19:56
  • As for the access date, you need to tell Mendeley about it and you need to tell it to export that field. Apparently this is possible: tex.stackexchange.com/q/269304/35864
    – moewe
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 20:51
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    The Mendeley Web Exporter API, which the importer on Overleaf uses, doesn't export the urldate unfortunately. You can export the .bib from Mendeley Desktop instead—that export function does support urldate. Unfortunately Overleaf can't change the behavior of the Web Exporter API, as it is maintained by Mendeley—sorry!
    – imnothere
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 2:14

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thanks for your answers. For me, it seems like LianTzeLim is right. I couldn't get Mendeley to export it correctly to Overleaf. So what I do know is to just export my Websites from Mendeley to an own file and remove them from Mendeley. So I'll just have to bibtex files in my project. One direct synchronized from Mendeley and one for my websites that I need to cite.

A bit disappointing that Mendeley can't handle websites correctly. Besides that, it is still a cool tool.

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