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BibTeX, natbib, biblatex: Managing Citations in LaTeX: Home

A short guide linking to documentation, resources for bibliographic citation styles, and other useful tools to use when citing sources using .bib files and associated packages.


This guide provides information about citing sources in LaTeX using a .bib file with BibTeX, BibTeX + natbib, BibTeX + biblatex, or biblatex + biber.

Bib Your TeX workshop is offered every semester.



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.

Yale + Overleaf

Yale University now has a subscription to Overleaf, which provides a Google Docs-like experience for people writing in LaTeX. Here's some stuff you need to know:

  • To connect your account with Yale's license, log in with your Yale email address and password. You should also be able to change your email address if you signed up with a personal account.
  • Overleaf acquired ShareLaTeX. If you had ShareLaTeX, everything has now been migrated to Overleaf Version 2. Overleaf v2 is basically ShareLaTeX, but green instead of red. is where you can access the new interface.

General .bib Management

These guides are broken into general resources, followed by resources specifically for BibTeX, natbib, and biblatex + biber.


Here are links to some software that will be helpful to you when working in LaTeX. While you can run LaTeX from the command line, many text editors also exist.

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