I have two problems with the citiation and the appendent reference inside the bibliography.

The citiation should look like that

(Author, 2012, S. 3)

but with the styles i found it woun't be formatted like that.

And the reference should look like that:

For books: 
Author, (1987c). Title. publisher.

For website references:
Name, V. (year, day/month of publication). page title. accessed on:  date.
Link: website.

I created a bib file at the beginning of my assay and most of my references are websites and look like this:

    author = {Blackberry},
    title = {BlackBerry Smart Card Reader},
    year = {2012},
    url = {http://uk.blackberry.com/ataglance/security/products/smartcardreader/},
    OPTnote = {https://www.evernote.com/shard/s206/sh/055c5f0f-fb82-4197-a733-5b48c91f5f1b/71e1a2ed70610cd308e6aa6609023e73},
    OPTdate = {20.09.2012},

I read, there can be created a new bibliographystyle, but therefore i would need to learn a new syntax. Is there another possibility to do that. If not, is there a manually way to get this work?

  • Do you use any bibliography manager style (e.g. natbib) and what is the BibTeX style you use?
    – Guido
    Oct 30 '12 at 9:42
  • I use the package \usepackage{bibgerm}, \bibliographystyle{acm}. but didn't read about a bibliography manager. Is the manager able to layout everything?
    – XandruCea
    Oct 30 '12 at 9:45
  • If you use BibLaTeX, then it can take care of everything. Knowing the bib manager could be useful when one modifies a .bst. Are you restricted to BibTeX or you can consider BibLaTeX?
    – Guido
    Oct 30 '12 at 9:52
  • I have never modified a .bst-file. I still have problems with tex inside the assay. There, if possible I would just do everything manually at the end of my assay. But if a manager can solve this problem, i would look for this....
    – XandruCea
    Oct 30 '12 at 9:57
  • I tried to solve the problem with BibDesk. But when i want to generate the Cite Key.... it doesn't allow comma, space or the pagenumber.... is there one somebody can recommend? I found a list on Wikipedia but would be glad if somebody can give me an advise
    – XandruCea
    Nov 19 '12 at 22:43

You ask quite a two separate questions. Regarding your first question, how to generate a citation of the form

(Author, 2012, S. 3)

I recommend you (i) load the natbib package:


and (ii) use the natbib package's \citep (short for "parenthetical" citation style) as follows (assuming the reference's key is "author:2012"):


Regarding the formatting of the items in the References section: You appear to have some idiosyncratic formatting requirements, only some of which are spelled out in your posting. I recommend you run the makebst utility (by the same person who authored the natbib package) to create a custom bibliography style (.bst) file that incorporates all of your requirements. At a command prompt, type latex makebst and follow the detailed, menu-style prompts. The program will ask you lots of questions and provide possible answers; at the end, type "y" when asked if you want to create the .bst file. Be sure to move the new .bst file to a location where it can be found by the TeX distribution.


Here is a solution using BibLaTeX,

  % backend=bibtex,  % uncomment this line to use BibTeX as backend
\usepackage{filecontents} % to make the example self contained
      author = {Blackberry},
      title = {BlackBerry Smart Card Reader},
      date = {2012-09-01},
      url = {http://uk.blackberry.com/ataglance/security/products/smartcardreader/},
      urldate = {2012-09},

  url = {Link},
  urlseen = {Accessed on},

\DeclareFieldFormat{url}{\bibcpstring{url}: \url{#1}}





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