I'm a newbie in latex and not very familiar with the latex ecosystem. For a homework for university we have to use a specific chicage-style for our bibliography. I choosed biblatex-chicago for dealing with that.

Now I have two concerns:

  • biblatex-chicago puts the year nearly at the end of the entry in round braces but we are expected to put the year behind the author
  • biblatex-chicago replaces the author of following entries if its the same author like the first with a line, again we aren't supposed to do that

Some code:


    year        = {1985},
    journal     = {Die Betriebswirtschaft},
    number      = {45},
    publisher   = {C.E.Poeschel Verlag Stuttgart},
    title       = {Transaktionskosten},
    author      = {Arnold Picot},
    pages       = {224--225},
    urn         = {urn:nbn:de:bvb:19-epub-6853-8},

    journal     = {Der Betriebsberater},
    year        = {1986},
    number      = {27, Be},
    publisher   = {Recht und Wirtschaft GmbH},
    title       = {Transaktionskosten im Handel},
    author      = {Arnold Picot},
    pages       = {1--16},
    url         = {https://doi.org/10.5282/ubm/epub.6845},

With the output being:

What I expect:

  • Picot, Arnold. 1985. "Transaktionskosten" [...]
  • Picot, Arnold. 1986. "Transaktionskosten im Handel" [...]

My Question:

Is this even feasible? Or should I use a different package? Or should I just do it manually?

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format.
    – Tiuri
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 14:06
  • In general it is preferred to post fully compilable code instead of snippets. It is quite simple to turn the code you posted so far into a compilable document, but it would be appreciated if you could post a complete and compilable example. With biblatex you shouldn't have to load bibgerm. If you write German following the neue Rechtschreibung you may want to load babel with the option ngerman instead of german.
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 14:48
  • What should citations in the text look like? Should they be in 'author-year' format or full note citations?
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 14:53
  • Thank you for that reminder, I will update that code block tomorrow.
    – bchmnnjcb
    Commented Nov 23, 2019 at 2:34
  • And yes, author-year is what is asked from us. Like (Picot 1985, 224) to give an example.
    – bchmnnjcb
    Commented Nov 23, 2019 at 2:35

1 Answer 1


I managed to fix it by myself. Like moewe commented, babel has to be loaded with ngerman. This moved the date in the entries of references to the desired position.

\usepackage[backend=biber, authordate, eprint=false, url=false, bibencoding=inputenc, noibid]{biblatex-chicago}

For the second part with the dashed line for repeating authors I found a fix, by also moewe: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/455528

  • Don't load \usepackage{bibgerm} with biblatex or biblatex-chicago. I'd also suggest not to set bibencoding=inputenc, as the value inputenc is deprecated and is now called auto and bibencoding=auto is the predefined value anyway.
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 27, 2019 at 21:27

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