I can update a field using Entity Metadata Wrapper (EMW). Here's how I can accomplish this.

$node_wrapper = entity_metadata_wrapper('node', $nid);
$node_wrapper->field_custom_field='new value';

However, I'm not able to access and update biblio fields provided by biblio module in the same way. This code won't work

 $node_wrapper->some_biblio_field='new value';

How can I update biblio fields using EMW?

  • Drupal 7 does not have CCK. It will mislead others.
    – Jimmy Ko
    Jul 22, 2016 at 21:49
  • What is the module's version you are using?
    – Jimmy Ko
    Jul 22, 2016 at 22:08
  • I'm using version 7.x-1.0-rc7 which is currently the latest version. and you are right CCK is misleading, so I removed that part. I actually meant the field API.
    – Azul
    Jul 23, 2016 at 6:41
  • IMPO, the design of 1.x version of this module is really bad. I found that they had a 3.x version on Github. If it is a new project. It's worth to try.
    – Jimmy Ko
    Jul 24, 2016 at 3:23
  • @ Jimmy, It is a very useful module and I have used it in several projects. They should start implementing it for Drupal 8 and not focus much on Drupal 7.
    – Azul
    Jul 27, 2016 at 17:27

1 Answer 1


The Bibliography module isn't using D7's field API. It's misleading since the module's manage fields UI (/admin/structure/types/manage/biblio/fields) does make it appear as if it's using the field API; however it installs its own database schema for storing data for Bibliography nodes.

As such, Entity API's EMW isn't much help in your case.

  • I had the same feeling, just wanted to make sure that this is the case. Thank you for the clarification.
    – Azul
    Jul 23, 2016 at 6:38

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