Most of the content is lifted directly from the original manual, with some reordering of sections, and a few of Bib Te X.
Details and additional features that weren’t deemed relevant for the most casual use have been left out. For convenience, this electronic document is also scattered with internal links that, hopelly, will be useful to quickly navigate and find the particular piece of information that you were looking for.
Perhaps part of the problem is that the official manual, Bib Te Xing from Oren Patashnik , is: not self-contained (points to external information on the La Te X Book); and not very well organized (starts with a list of changes that assume you already know what Bib Te X is about, and important details are often buried in hints or comments near the end of the document).
This document is an attempt to bring together the most relevant pieces of information that define the Bib Te X format.
Some nonstandard bibliography styles may ignore some optional fields in creating the reference. A work that is printed and bound, but without a named publisher or sponsoring institution. Optional fields: author, howpublished, address, month, year, note. For small publishers, on the other hand, you can help the reader by giving the complete address. Generally it should consist of four numerals, such as .
The same as inproceedings, included for compatibility. For proceedings and inproceedings entry types, address specifies where a conference was held, rather than the address of the publisher or organization. Required in: article, book, inbook, incollection, inproceedings, mastersthesis, phdthesis, proceedings, techreport. Multiple names in a single author or editor field are separated with the word ` and `, surrounded by spaces, and not enclosed in braces.The word Bib Te X stands for a tool and a file format which are used to describe and process lists of references, mostly in conjunction with La Te X documents.Many citation management tools support the ability to export and import lists of references in format. You should use the standard three-letter abbreviation for the month: jan, feb, …; typed without braces or quotes. Optional in: book, inbook, incollection, inproceedings, proceedings. Abbreviations are provided for many journals; see the command and at the beginning of the database entry. The month in which the work was published or, for an unpublished work, in which it was written. When citing an entire book, the the title field gives its title and an optional series field gives the name of a series or multi-volume set in which the book is published.In general, it’s a von token if the first letter at brace-level 0 is in lower case.Since technically everything in a “special character” is at brace-level 0, you can trick Bib Te X into thinking that a token is or is not a von token by prepending a dummy special character whose first letter past the Te X control sequence is in the desired case, upper or lower.You type a title the way it should appear if it is capitalized (you should capitalize everything but articles and unstressed conjunctions and prepositions, and even these should be capitalized as the first word or the first after a colon): Bib Te X will change uppercase letters to lowercase if appropriate.Uppercase letters that should not be changed are enclosed in braces. Optional fields: editor, volume or number, series, address, month, organization, publisher, note. Optional in: article, book, booklet, inbook, incollection, inproceedings, manual, mastersthesis, misc, phdthesis, proceedings, techreport, unpublished. Optional in: article, book, booklet, inbook, incollection, inproceedings, manual, mastersthesis, misc, phdthesis, proceedings, techreport. Required in: article, book, booklet, inbook, incollection, inproceedings, manual, mastersthesis, phdthesis, proceedings, techreport, unpublished. The type of a technical report—for example, “Research Note”. For example: The bibliography style will expand the abbreviation as appropriate. The work’s title, typed as explained in capitalization of titles.