# Import .bib file into .tex file

by paramperom   Last Updated February 11, 2019 09:23 AM

How can I import a .bib (Latex Bibliography) file into a .tex (Latex)? There must be separate files but there must be a bibliography into the .tex file.

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Your question is pretty unclear to me, feel free to add any further detail to it.

You may create one text file mybib.bib with contents formatted as follows:

@Book{JS2015,
Title                    = {Once Upon a Time on Stack Overflow},
Author                   = {{Smith, J.}},
Year                     = {2015},
Edition                  = {1th},
Address                  = {Houston, TX},
Publisher                = {United Publishers}
}


and, in the same folder, one file main.tex, with at least one citation:

\documentclass{article}

\begin{document}

Text ... citation: \cite{JS2015}.

\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{mybib}

\end{document}


You save and compile this latter, then compile the bibliography, then compile again one last time.

This is, very briefly, How can I import a .bib (Latex Bibliography) file into a .tex (Latex), standard way. Please post a comment if something is not yet clear to you.

MattAllegro
November 30, 2015 21:46 PM

This week I wanted to use Latex offline trough command line and I struggled with this. For the beginners like me here's the solution.

Make sure you have referenced the location of Latex in your \$PATH variable. For me (using homebrew on mac) that is /Library/TeX/texbin.

Then you cd to your Latex document and you run:

latex [filename].tex

This will generate an aux file. And then you can run:

bibtex [filename].aux

You compile the latex file again! (Not sure if there is a better solution)

latex [filename].tex

This worked for me.

botenvouwer
February 11, 2019 08:46 AM

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