bibtex - make a bibliography for (La)TeX
BibTeX reads the top-level auxiliary
file that was output during the running of
and creates a bibliography
file that will be incorporated into the document on subsequent runs of
LaTeX or TeX. The
on the command line must be given without the
extension. If you don't give the
the program prompts you for it.
BibTeX looks up, in bibliographic database
files specified by the \bibliography command,
the entries specified by the \cite and \nocite commands
in the LaTeX or TeX source file.
It formats the information from those entries
according to instructions in a bibliography style
file (specified by the \bibliographystyle command,
and it outputs the results to the
The LaTeX manual
explains what a LaTeX source file must contain to work with BibTeX.
Appendix B of the manual describes the format of the
files. The `BibTeXing' document describes extensions and details of
this format, and it gives other useful hints for using BibTeX.
option defines the minimum number of
required for automatic inclusion of the crossref'd entry on the citation
list; the default is two.
operates silently. With it, a banner and progress reports are printed on
BibTeX searches the directories in the
path defined by the BSTINPUTS environment variable for
files. If BSTINPUTS is not set, it uses TEXINPUTS; and if TEXINPUTS is
not set, it uses the system default:
files, it uses the BIBINPUTS environment variable if that is set,
otherwise the default:
for the details of the searching.
If the environment variable
TEXMFOUTPUT is set, BibTeX attempts to put its output
files in it, if they cannot be put in the current directory. Again, see
No special searching is done for the
All those files should be available somewhere on your system.
Bibliography style files.
``BibTeXing'' - LaTeXable documentation for general BibTeX users
``Designing BibTeX Styles'' - LaTeXable documentation for style designers
database file for those two documents
database file giving examples of all standard entry types
template file and documentation for the standard styles
The host math.utah.edu has a vast collection of
files available for anonymous ftp, including references for all the
standard TeX books and a complete bibliography for TUGboat.
LaTeX - A Document Preparation System,
Addison-Wesley, 1985, ISBN 0-201-15790-X.
Oren Patashnik, Stanford University. This man page describes the web2c
version of BibTeX. Other ports of BibTeX, such as Donald Knuth's version
using the Sun Pascal compiler, do not have the same path searching
implementation, or the command-line options.