I am trying to write a document which needs APA style referencing in text, but an annotated bibliography.

Does anyone know if it is possible to get both together?

I have tried style=reading option for biblatex (and I can change the options to get what I want in relation to the bibliography), but the in-text citations say "Author" rather than "Author (year)".

  • What exactly does "annotated bibliography" mean for you? (Since you can just populate the annotation field and style=apa, will print that without any issue, I assume you're thinking of something specific that this approach doesn't give you.)
    – moewe
    Commented Feb 4 at 13:50
  • @moewe Thanks for the response. It appears that the annotation will appear when I put it directly into the bibliography using APA style but not when I have it in a separate bibannotation-XXX.tex file! I might be able to manage with just including it in the .bib - even though the annotations might be relatively long. My issue was that I wrote the annotations using the separate files when using reading and was then trying to get the in-text citations to APA format.
    – TCD
    Commented Feb 4 at 14:10
  • If you set the loadfiles option biblatex-apa will also load your external annotation files.
    – moewe
    Commented Feb 4 at 14:17

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biblatex-apa supports annotations in the annotation field and – if you enable the loadfiles option – also in external bibannotation-<entrykey>.tex files.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=apa, loadfiles]{biblatex}

  author    = {Anne Elk},
  title     = {A Theory on Brontosauruses},
  year      = {1972},
  publisher = {Monthy \& Co.},
  location  = {London},
An annotation for this entry.

Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson,elk}


Elk, A. (1972). A theory on brontosauruses. Monthy & Co.
An annotation for this entry.

  • Thanks very much. I'll try that. I actually had loadfiles=true when I was using reading but took that out when I was trying to get the APA working!
    – TCD
    Commented Feb 4 at 14:22

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