I want to list my references in a beamer presentation using thebibliography environment, with the nice little

  • book icon (\beamertemplatebookbibitems) and

  • article icon (\beamertemplatearticlebibitems)

in front of each source.

Is there an icon for websites too? something like \beamertemplatewebsitebibitems? If not, is there a way to implement this easily ?

2 Answers 2


There's the online option for the bibliography item template; an example showing the predefined options:



\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[online]
\bibitem{A} ItemA
\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[book]
\bibitem{B} ItemB
\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[article]
\bibitem{C} ItemC
\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[triangle]
\bibitem{D} ItemD
\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[text]
\bibitem{E} ItemE


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Of course, you can also use your own image(s):



\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}{\includegraphics[width=1.5em]{ctanlion}}
\bibitem{A} CTAN lion drawing by Duane Bibby.


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  • when i compile your exact same code, i get an article icon instead of the online icon. the other icons are okay. no compilation error at all. i noticed that using [onlinee], [bookk] or [some_string] produces article icons as well without error messages. am i using an old version of some package ? i use Texmaker 3.3.4 on Win XP and MiKTeX 2.9.3888
    – Fry
    Aug 22, 2012 at 7:51
  • And i think i have Biblatex installed, because when i type kpsewhich biblatex.sty to cmd.exe i get: C:/Program Files/Latex/Installation/tex/latex/biblatex/biblatex.sty
    – Fry
    Aug 22, 2012 at 8:10
  • Workaround: got my own online icon (google) and included it like you described. perfect.
    – Fry
    Aug 22, 2012 at 10:19
  • @Fry yes, if online doesn't give you the icon that appears in the image of my answer, you might have an old version of some package(s): update your system (MikTeX has a package manager for that (I don't use MikTeX)). My answer has nothing to do with biblatex; you are generating your bibliography without it as you said in your question, so my answer works independently of biblatex. Yes, as I mentioned in my answer, you can use your own images. Aug 22, 2012 at 16:30

With biblatex you can extend the bibliography item template to automatically select the appropriate icon.


\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}{%
  \ifboolexpr{ test {\ifentrytype{book}} or test {\ifentrytype{mvbook}}
    or test {\ifentrytype{collection}} or test {\ifentrytype{mvcollection}}
    or test {\ifentrytype{reference}} or test {\ifentrytype{mvreference}} }
    {\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[book]}
       {\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[online]}
       {\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}[article]}}%
  \usebeamertemplate{bibliography item}}

     {\settowidth{\labelwidth}{\usebeamertemplate{bibliography item}}%


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  • How can we put two bibitems (that is in form of icons) horizontally after some spaces? Jun 13, 2014 at 16:54
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    Wonderful! In the meantime, your code solved an issue I was having where the bib icons were bleeding over the left margin. I'm glad I came upon this while searching for something else. XD Jun 15, 2017 at 14:16
  • @Audrey, wonderful solution! However, I am using a modification from here and here \renewcommand*{\bibfont}{\tiny} \renewcommand{\pgfuseimage}[1]{\lower-3pt\hbox{\hskip15pt{\scalebox{.5}{\includegraphics{#1}}}\hskip-10pt}} and added webpage to your \ifentrytype{online}. With this setup, somehow the globe symbol is not scaled. How can I fix that? Jan 4, 2018 at 23:34
  • Anyone having a similar issue and wondering: The solution was to switch the \includegraphics{}. I have described it in a comment here; together with an addition to include other web-sources {\ifboolexpr{ test {\ifentrytype{online}} or test {\ifentrytype{webpage}} or test {\ifentrytype{url}} }. Save the original command \let\oldpgfuseimage\pgfuseimage and use that one\oldpgfuseimage{#1} instead of \includegraphics{#1}. Jan 17, 2018 at 9:11
  • You can get the biblatex-examples.bib file from here.
    – gfe
    May 4, 2020 at 6:27

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