Can anyone provide a page which demonstrates how BibTeX entries are presented to the user?

I found this page which has an explanation about each entry, but I need a website showing how a style (I prefer the default style used by LaTeX) interprets those BibTeX elements and how they are presented to the user.

Let's take for example article

Required fields: author, title, journal, year


Optional fields: volume, number, pages, month, note, key

Is there a webpage to demonstrate how an article will be presented if all fields are available?

  • You can use the examples from the bibliographical database that comes with biblatex: biblatex-examples.bib. Jun 6, 2012 at 13:46
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    Answers to your question will critically depend on which bibliography style is in use. E.g., will full first and middle names be shown, or only initials? Will the names be set in plain text font or in smallcaps? Will the titles of journal articles be typeset "plain" or enclosed in quotation marks (and which types of quotation marks)? Will the journal's name be set in italics or plain? Will the year be shown right after the authors' names or at the end? These are all formatting decisions that are handled by the style file in use.
    – Mico
    Jun 6, 2012 at 14:44

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Have a look at BibTeX Style Examples. Quoting from the introduction:

It can be difficult to decide which of the large range of BibTeX style files is closest to the format needed. The following provides examples using a variety of public-domain .bst files that can be [downloaded] from CTAN (Comprehensive TeX Archive Network). [...]

Some of the BibTeX styles below require auxiliary LaTeX styles, so their representation here is only approximate. In each case, citations are given as they would appear in the body of a document. These are followed by their appearance in the reference list.

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