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Using BibTeX to Create Your Bibliography

Using BibTex

Here's what to do after you have entered your sources in JabRef, EndNote, Bookends or BibDesk:

For TeXShop

  • Save your bibliography as a .bib file in the same folder as your thesis document. Make sure your filename ends in .bib.
  • To have LaTex process your .bib file, add to the end of your .tex file these three lines (thesis.bib is the bibliography filename):    \bibliography{thesis}
    \bibliographystyle{filename}
    \nocite{*}
  • To make changes to your bibliography, you can edit the .bib file directly or make changes in JabRef, EndNote, BibDesk or Bookends.
  • To generate a PDF with your bibliography, in the .tex file, First typeset with  LaTex (click the first dropdown menu and select LaTex)latex
  • Then typeset with BibTex (click the first dropdown menu and select BibTex)
  • and Finally typset in LaTex again, and then typset in LaTex once more.

    Note: Using the method above gives you an error log, which allows you to troubleshoot the errors in your bibliography. It is recommended that you use the shortcut below after you have done the above steps at least once.

As a shortcut to the three typsetting stages, click the Macros button --> Applescript --> Bibliography.

Macros 

For TeXnicCenter

  • Save your bibliography as a .bib file in the same folder as your thesis document. Make sure your filename ends in .bib.
  • To have LaTex process your .bib file, add to the end of your .tex file these three lines (thesis.bib is the bibliography filename):    \bibliography{thesis}
    \bibliographystyle{filename}
    \nocite{*}
  • To make changes to your bibliography, you can edit the .bib file directly or make changes in JabRef, EndNote, BibDesk or Bookends.
  • To generate a PDF with your bibliography, in the .tex file:
  • Finally click Build on the tool bar --> Current File--> Build