[OS X TeX] Beginner: bibliography strategy?

Rick and Karla Gross gross at pldtdsl.net
Sun Apr 10 01:33:38 EDT 2005

Martin,

A bibliography can be created by adding the following commands just
before the end document command in your manuscript:

\bibliographystyle{citationstyle}

\bibliography{Martin'sBibdeskfile}
......
end{document}

The "citationstyle" describes the citation format you want to use in
your bibliography.  There are several styles that come with the
standard latex package (a good example is the style "plain" but there
are  a bunch of others as well).  I suggest using the style "plain"
until you are able to generate a bibliography in your document.

The second command "\bibliography{MartinsBibdeskfile}" is done easily
references into your Texshop document.  This act will automatically
generate the second command and the path to your Bibdesk file.

If there is a non-intuitive part to the bibliography creation process
in Latex it is that in order to automatically generate a bibliography
you must typeset the document three to four times in in a row.  For
example, suppose you have a completed manuscript where you have
file called "MartinsBibdeskfile".  Now to create the bibliography
just before the end of your document command you would issue the
bibliographic commands:

\bibliographystyle{plain}

\bibliography{MartinsBibdeskfile}

\end{document}

Now, the non-intuitive part.  In order to create the bibliography in
the typeset PDF file you need to:

1.  Run Latex
2.  Run Bibtex
3.  Run Latex
4.  Run Latex

You should now see a completed bibliography at the end of your
document that uses the "plain" style that you specified in the
\bibliographystyle{plain} command.

You might want to take a peek at the following articles as well.

comp.leeds.ac.uk/andyr/misc/latex/latextutorial3.html

Rick

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