I'm writing a "report" and using BibTeX for the literature and I have different types of BibTeX entries like book, article, misc, PhdThesis, MastersThesis, ...


    \bibliographystyle{agsm} %Harvard style

I want to make all entries formatted the same for the same fields (e.g. all titles field are formatted italic, independent of the BiBTeX entry type). A little bit like the URL formatting.

I have found an similar question from 2015 about the same topic: Get same layout for title-tag in misc and book using natbib

Is there a simpler method instead of replacing the bst of each entry to make it appear the same?

Here is the example of a minimum:


I cite \citep{Luhmann1979} and \citep{Doney1998}.


Examples of my BibTeX entries:

  title     = {Trust and power},
  publisher = {John Wiley \& Sons},
  year      = {1979},
  author    = {Luhmann, Niklas},

  author    = {Doney, Patricia M and Cannon, Joseph P and Mullen, Michael R},
  title     = {Understanding the influence of national culture on the development of trust},
  journal   = {Academy of management review},
  year      = {1998},
  volume    = {23},
  number    = {3},
  pages     = {601--620},
  publisher = {Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510},
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    Short answer: no. I think that your best options are fighting against the custom-bib endless questionnaire or switch to biblatex. Not sure what will be worse in your case, but none is simple.
    – Fran
    Nov 27, 2018 at 19:21
  • @Fran: How would it work, if I switch to biblatex? And is the switch of the bibtex file to biblatex manual or can it be converted?
    – Eric
    Nov 27, 2018 at 20:05
  • The bibtex file can be used as is with biblatex. Here you have a quick introduction of how use it. You get an idea of what mean a custom biblatex style in this question (but it does not have to be so tangled in your case).
    – Fran
    Nov 27, 2018 at 20:31
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    Why would you want this? Is there a style which requires it? If so, have you searched for an existing .bst?
    – cfr
    Nov 28, 2018 at 2:58
  • @Fran: Thank you for the links. I will try it out with BibLatex.
    – Eric
    Nov 28, 2018 at 16:59

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The solution to remove the quote marks of the title in the .bst (in my case agsm.bst): e.g. for MISC: line 902: FUNCTION {misc} -> line 908: format.title quote output -> remove "quote" -> format.title output

Thank you very much for your help

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