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This guide provides information about citing sources in LaTeX using a .bib file with BibTeX, BibTeX + natbib, BibTeX + biblatex, or biblatex + biber.
A Bib Your TeX workshop is offered every semester.
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Especially if you're using only a .bib database, you don't want those long hours spent creating and managing your citations to disappear. Here's a list of tools you can use to make something this bad less likely to happen.
A reference guide to functionality in LaTeX, including rudimentary, non-BibTeX citing. This introduction shows you how to use LaTeX quickly and effectively to write your documents. It does NOT include much on BibTeX.
Do you want to create a smaller .bib file relevant to a specific article based on your master .bib file? Section 1.2.4 of the BibTool instructions here is called “Extracting Entries for a Document.” The argument describes checks the .aux file that is generated during LaTeX typesetting and produces a modified .bib file based on what it finds.
TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with the TeX document production system. It provides a comprehensive TeX system with binaries for most flavors of Unix, including GNU/Linux, and also Windows. It includes all the major TeX-related programs, macro packages, and fonts that are free software, including support for many languages around the world.
A free, modern and cross-platform LaTeX editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows systems that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application. Interestingly, also contains a portable version.