I need help with the exact thing as been answered here https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/47526/181498! I do not understand the solution though. This is what I tried to do:

  1. I found the agsm.bst file here: http://crpit.com/agsm.bst

  2. I saved the text page in an ordinary text document and changed the line

    { format.title quote "title" output.check }

    as specified to

    { format.title "title" output.check }
  3. I then saved the document as agsm-nq.bst in the same directory as the document that I'm currently working on and used \bibliographystyle{agsm-nq} instead of \bibliographystyle{agsm}.

This did not work though. Is there not a simpler way of doing this? What am I doing wrong?

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    The the file from CTAN and not a third party: mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/harvard/agsm.bst Other than that it sounds like the steps you went through were alright. There are a few caveats: Did you make absolutely sure that the new file is indeed called agsm-nq.bst? On Windows hidden file extensions may mean that the file is actually called agsm-nq.bst.txt or something to that effect. How exactly did things not work? Did you run LaTeX, BibTeX, LaTeX, LaTeX after the change to the document? Did you get any errors on the BibTeX run? – moewe Apr 2 '19 at 15:21
  • If you want to stick to agsm, then yes this is the easiest solution. You could try to find a similar style without quotation marks but there are many, many styles out there and depending on the desired output you may not find anything that fits. – moewe Apr 2 '19 at 15:24
  • Did you make sure that the line you edited as described in line item 2 above occurred in the article function? The reason I ask is that there's an identical-looking line in the booklet function. – Mico Apr 2 '19 at 17:40
  • Thanks for the answers! I made sure that the change I made was under the article function but I noticed now that the file extension is not saved as .bst and I dont know how to make this happen. I tried googling for some conversion tool but there are none, it seems. – Victor Galeano Apr 4 '19 at 8:05
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    @VictorGaleano it is best if you post a separate question about this. You can also read some manuals, for example texdoc.net/texmf-dist/doc/bibtex/tamethebeast/ttb_en.pdf section 4. – Marijn Apr 4 '19 at 9:43

As evil workaround you can set the category codes of the quotes to 9 (=ignore) just before the bibliographystyle. Note that this is evil and a workaround.


See \cite{test}.



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    Clever, but the evilness might have bad effects for many other things that could appear within a title, such as apostrophes, words themselves in quotes, etc. So I think this should really not be recommended even as a workaround. – Alan Munn Apr 2 '19 at 16:02
  • This looks simple enough but I get an error message when compiling the pdf: ! Missing number, treated as zero. <to be read again> \active l.3 \catcode "\active A number should have been here; I inserted 0'. (If you can't figure out why I needed to see a number, look up `weird error' in the index to The TeXbook.) ) – Victor Galeano Apr 4 '19 at 7:52
  • @VictorGaleano are you sure you copied it correctly, including the backtick characters? Anyway, as Alan Munn commented, this is not really a solution, it is just a small demonstration of the \catcode command. As a real solution you should implement the format.title approach from the linked question. – Marijn Apr 4 '19 at 8:06
  • Yeah, I think I copied it correctly. Anyhow, I got it working with the format.title approach. :) Thanks! – Victor Galeano Apr 4 '19 at 9:18

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