I am using the following command to create the document:
As you may have surmised, this is indeed homework, however, the question is not related to the homework whatsoever. The paper is for a course in Library Science. So I didn't follow the homework protocol. I just prefer
groff to OpenOffice and Co..
Here's the pertinent document source:
Here is a sample from the bib file.
And finally, this is the final product/output:
Some formatting lost due to code tags, but you get the idea. It's a beautiful groff document ...
just need to jump through that last APA hoop.
This is not an APA style bib. The prof requires APA. Date should follow author in parentheses.
This is a boring question so thanks for reading.
Last edited by Bubnoff; 08-29-2009 at 07:13 PM..
Reason: grammar, added bib file & sample
I switched to LaTeX for this one since the natbib package
has a APA style you can use. I prefer the terse-ness of groff,
however, so for future reference it'd be cool if someone left some tips, in passing, if you feel generous.
Here's my tip for folks needing APA and either prefer LaTeX, or don't mind learning something new.
Step 1: Create your bib database: similar to groff:
Mine is called grouprefs.bib.
Step 2: An example of APA citation markup (LaTeX)
Step 3: Toss in that bibliography: Use the 'apalike' style
to get APA.
Step 4: Note that my reference database file is named in
brackets in the `bibliography' command. Leave off the extension ...BibTeX will find it.
Step 5: Time to compile this bad boy:
First run with LaTeX or PDFLaTeX ...etc.
Note: You'll get a bunch o' errors on this run but fear not, they will be resolved in good time.
Step 6: Run bibtex on your tex file, but LEAVE OFF the extension ( .tex ). Bibtex is smart.
Step 7: Run the LaTeX command two more times to get the citations and bibliography included.
END. You now have an APA compliant paper in LaTeX.
None of this will improve your crappy inept writing, but at least your paper's formatting will have a bit more charisma and charm.
If you know groff, please leave links, threads or tips for getting APA style. I have some of the online tutorials and
documents but don't find style info.
PS: All LaTeX information came from the following document:
Text Formatting with LaTeX ~ A Tutorial.
Academic and Research Computing 2007.
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