From: Len Hatfield <lhat@uo...> - 2007-03-24 06:49:32
We thinkg is a great system and we want to use it for an exciting and ongoing professional bibliography project, but we must be able to export citations in standard APA bibliographic style. In exploring the archives of the RefBase site, I noticed that the current demo includes both APA and MLA styles, while our installed version doesn't, and I found your discussion indicating that these styles had been added very recently to the "bleeding edge" branch of the developing code.
Question: is it possible to import just those two style files into our existing .8 version of RefBase--or, alternately, how unstable is the "bleeding edge" version?
thanks for a great tool!
University of Oregon
On 23-Mar-07 at 23:49 -0700 Len Hatfield wrote:
> We thinkg is a great system and we want to use it for an exciting
> and ongoing professional bibliography project,
Sounds interesting! When this project is life and in case it can be
accessed publicly, we'd be glad if you'd share it with us at:
> but we must be able to export citations in standard APA
> bibliographic style. In exploring the archives of the RefBase
> site, I noticed that the current demo includes both APA and MLA
> styles, while our installed version doesn't, and I found your
> discussion indicating that these styles had been added very
> recently to the "bleeding edge" branch of the developing code.
Yes, that's correct. While the official refbase demo database
(<http://demo.refbase.net/>) reflects exactly refbase-0.9.0, our
"beta" demo database (<http://beta.refbase.net/>) includes most
recent additions such as the APA and MLA citation styles.
> Question: is it possible to import just those two style files into
> our existing .8 version of RefBase--or, alternately, how unstable
> is the "bleeding edge" version?
The new citation styles might not work with refbase-0.8.0 without
If you're still running refbase-0.8.0 than it's probably a good idea
to update to refbase-0.9.0 first. There were many fixes and
additions, major ones are listed here:
If you haven't greatly modified your refbase installation, the
update to v0.9.0 should go fine. If you want to be on the safe side,
however, you could first duplicate your existing refbase
installation to a new test directory and database, then perform the
update on this test installation first. Let me know if you require
help with this.
If you're running refbase-0.9.0, then there are several options to
get APA citations working:
- The best option would probably be if we'd decide to issue a minor
release that would include the APA style. I'll discuss this with
the other developers.
- If you need this style now, you could switch to a subversion
installation and checkout the "trunk" which includes the APA style.
While the "bleeding-edge" branch is currently pretty stable, this
might change quickly and it is generally a better idea to checkout
and follow the trunk (which should always contain a stable refbase
- I could send you also some files & instructions to manually update
your scripts and database, but obviously, one of the above options
would be better.
I hope this helps. Let us know if you have further questions.
Best regards, Matthias