[texhax] undefined control sequence with mla bibliography style

Christopher W. Ryan cryan at binghamton.edu
Wed Feb 18 16:48:50 CET 2004

I am using the mla.bst bibliography style.  The citation in my source 
file is like this:  \cite{Saarni1999}.  the bibliography style command 
is like this:  \bibliographystyle{mla}.  At the end I put 
\bibliography{references}.  I could post the file if it might help--it's 
about two paragraphs long, just my son's social studies essay on Sam 
Adams, that I appropriated to practice LaTeX on Linux with.  I threw in 
the single citation, totally unrelated to Sam Adams, just to see if it 
would work.  Saarni1999 is a reference to a book that is in one of my 
real .bib files (references.bib).

Why mla?  My high school daughter has to write a term paper using MLA 
standards for references/citations, etc.  I thought it might be a handy 
way for her to write it, and a good way to introduce her to LaTeX, in 
contrast to her MS Word-centric school.


Philip G. Ratcliffe wrote:

> Since the mla package only consists of one single file it either works or
> doesn't at all!  That is, installation is only about making sure LaTeX knows
> where to find files; it is not about getting them to work.
> Alos, did you actually read the mla.sty usage instructions?
> Would you like to tell us how you are making the bibliography?  What
> packages are you using and which commands (for example, \citeyear is
> definitely not defined by mla).
> Aha!  But which bibliography style are you using?

> So, it's obviously to do with the bibliography packages you are using and
> nothing to do with mla.sty (or at least not the one I have in my
> installation - MiKTeX).
> Cordialmente,  Philip G. Ratcliffe
> P.S. I don't want to sound nasty, but mla.sty actually does very little, why
> bother using it?

Christopher W. Ryan, MD
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and Wilson Family Practice Residency, 40 Arch Street, Johnson City, NY 
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