When I am reviewing papers, I always see the same mistakes* recur in bibliographies. This is because someone influential once made a mistake in generating a bib entry for the paper, and this bib file propagated through the internet, where it is downloaded time and again by people who want to have a quick solution for generating the bibliography.
Some sources only show (Year), others show (Year, Month or Season), and some show the full date (Year, Month Day). Look at the APA citation article examples on the bottom section of this guide to determine how to style dates.
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There are several different ways to format lists of bibliographic references and the citations to them in the text. These are called citation styles, and consist of two parts: the format of the abbreviated citation (i.e. the marker that is inserted into the text to identify the entry in the list of references) and the format of the corresponding entry in the list of references, which includes full bibliographic details.
Abbreviated citations can be of two main types: numbered or textual. Numbered citations (also known as the Vancouver referencing system) are numbered consecutively in order of appearance in the text, and consist in Arabic numerals in parentheses (1), square brackets , superscript1, or a combination thereof. Textual citations (also known as the Harvard referencing system) use the author surname and (usually) the year as the abbreviated form of the citation, which is normally fully (Smith 2013) or partially enclosed in parenthesis, as in Smith (2013). The latter form allows the citation to be integrated in the sentence it supports.
As we said before, biblatex is widely considered the successor of BibTeX. Intended as a full replacement for BibTeX, it is more configurable in its output and provides a multitude of new styles (for output) and fields (for the database) that can be used in a document. For now, refer to its comprehensive documentation on CTAN.
The following table shows most field types. Some field types are lists, either lists of person names, others are literal lists. A date can either be given in parts or full, some keys are necessary, page references are provided as ranges and certain special fields contain verbatim code. There are many kinds of titles. 153554b96e