Is it possible to put a bibliography in beamer presentation, in two columns spanning via several frames?

I have


And that will split the references on multiple slides, which is nice, but still there are too many slides created just for references. So I tried with multicol package, but I only get some of the references, and only on one slide (I kept the allowframebreaks on the frame). So that's kinda a bust :\

I've searched all over but no luck.

I'd give a mwe, but I'd need to give a .bib file, dunno how that can help...

  • beamer advocates and structures itself towards an opinionated (though resonates quite well with me) and disciplined way of creating presentations. Hence it also modifies tables, graphics, bibliographies towards that mindset. What you are trying to do is considered to be a very bad practice from the viewpoint of the creator of beamer hence the difficulty. I would consider creating your bib slides externally and collate to your document later if this is really really needed.
    – percusse
    Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 16:45
  • So I should have like 5 slides of references in my presentation? :\ That seems so redundant to me. Especially if it's the seminar paper that contains all the details I'm giving speech about.
    – dingo_d
    Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 16:56
  • The redundancy is having all your references in the presentation. Consider having handouts which are supported by the beamer that includes all the details in the article mode. The manual has a long chapter about different options of supplementary material.
    – percusse
    Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 16:58
  • @dingo_d No, you should have only 5 most important references in the presentation. During a talk, noone can read 30 references, and if you publish the slides on web, you might consider publish a manuscript as well, and there mention all the references in the standard way.
    – yo'
    Commented Jan 26, 2013 at 17:00
  • 3
    I for one would still love to see a real answer here. The author of beamer worked under very specific circumstances that do not apply to all situations. Yes, it is bad form to show an audience too many references, but sometimes one is required to have a single document that contains both the primary material and a full citation list, even if the latter is not usually shown to the audience during the presentation proper. Unlike Nature papers, slide shows as scientific media are sometimes best kept as a single document.
    – user17829
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 7:24

1 Answer 1


I found this:


\begin{multicols}{2}[\frametitle{\insertsection} \usebeamertemplate{frametitle}]

By this way you can have bibliography in two columns on multiple frames. In the first frame, the frametitle beamer template appear with the name of the section.


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