Update: When I tried implemented gusbrs's solution (below), I was having issues with the code as well, so I couldn't add my own references. Then I discovered that the issue had something to do with my 'references.bib' file (I'm adding this information in case someone else is having the same issue). I deleted the file and created a new one, and both my code and gusbrs's code started working. Finally, I was able to see my own references listed. One of two follow-up questions I have is, (1) how can I delete the numbers? I know my code is more complicated, but this is an assignment I need to submit. My professor asked for this specific format, so I need to stick to the code I included in the original question. Can anyone tell me how to delete the numbers, which is the only thing that does not adhere to the format I was asked to follow? I tried deleting the {\stepcounter{bibnum}\thebibnum.\ } but it messed with the APA formatting. Also, with my code, I only get 'Sentence case' capitalizing (i.e. capital on the first letter of the title). (2) How can I change it so that it respects the format in my 'references.bib' document? Some of the titles include languages or concepts that must be capitalized, and my code completely violates this.

Original: First of all, I'm a beginner in LaTeX, so I apologize if this is a stupid question. I'm trying to create an annotated bibliography using APA style. I found a sample code here, which I was able to implement. (Note that I had to change \thebibitem for \item in order for the code to run properly.) Below is the code as I'm using it:


     {\stepcounter{bibnum}\thebibnum.\ }



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And I get this result, as seen in the original post: enter image description here

I know how to change the annotations myself (that one's pretty easy). But I don't know how to change the references. Where do I go to add my own articles and books to annotate and remove those two? Also, what part of the code do I have to change to get rid of the numbers? I would like to keep everything in the format as is, except for the numbering.



Even though biblatex-apa provides \fullcitebib, I believe you'd be better of, for what you are attempting to do, with biblatex's regular \fullcite command used in combination with a simple enumerate environment. Those should suffice without further configuration for the purpose.

% \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}% no longer needed if you have recent (La)TeX installation
% \DeclareLanguageMapping{english}{english-apa}% no longer needed if you have recent (La)TeX installation
\addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib}% \bibliography{...} is legacy format


\item \fullcite{glashow}

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\item \fullcite{herrmann}

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However, you might want to consider a typical tool for the task, which allows you to keep annotations tied to your entries within your bib database. As this is an annotated bibliography, I assume it is made for your own consumption and thus an APA style is not really a strict requirement. Given that, biblatex offers the reading style, which prints, alongside the entries the annotation, abstract, library and file fields (you can control which are printed through load time options).






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  • Thanks for your answer. However, I'm still having some issues. I've added an edit to my original question with two follow-up questions. I'd appreciate it if you (or someone else) would take a stab at it. – Ernesto Nov 19 '18 at 20:47
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    @Ernesto This is a Question & Answers site, and people contribute not just for the sake of assisting those who ask, but because each QA remains for any other person with a similar problem. But the usefulness of this depends on a proper relation between the question and the answer. So, you should not review your question to add new requirements which were not initially made and which any answer here would not have considered. You can, of course ask new questions and, if it helps, you can mention those are follow up questions and link to this one. – gusbrs Nov 19 '18 at 21:07
  • Thanks for sharing this information, given that I'm new to this community. I will refrain from posting follow up questions such as my question (2) in my update. However, I think I did not articulate my original questions clearly in the first place. My first question was about not seeing my own references when compiling (which turns out had nothing to do with the code and I explained this) as well as trying to get rid of the numbers in the references. So in my update, I simply restated this, I did not mean to pass it as changing the requirements of my original question. – Ernesto Nov 19 '18 at 22:00
  • @Ernesto Then please be clear as to what is the "specific format" you are looking for in your question. (I don't promise to tackle it, but someone else might). You never mentioned which one it was, you just shared a piece of code you were trying to adapt. The numbers were actually added by that piece of code, and are present in your original question, as they don't belong in the standard definition of \fullcitebib. – gusbrs Nov 19 '18 at 22:07
  • Besides, in your update, you mention you tried to implement this solution I proposed, but then mention you did not achieve to remove numbering through deleting {\stepcounter{bibnum}\thebibnum.\ } which does not make real sense, as this does not occur in my answer. – gusbrs Nov 19 '18 at 22:09

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