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NAME

       bibtex - make a bibliography for (La)TeX

SYNOPSIS

       bibtex [-min-crossrefs=number] [-terse] auxname[.aux]

DESCRIPTION

       This  manual  page  is  not  meant  to be exhaustive.  The complete documentation for this
       version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.

       BibTeX reads the top-level auxiliary (.aux)  file  auxname  that  was  output  during  the
       running  of  latex(1)  or  tex(1)  and  creates  a  bibliography  (.bbl) file that will be
       incorporated into the document on subsequent runs of LaTeX or TeX.

       BibTeX looks up, in bibliographic database (.bib) 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  (.bst)  file  (specified  by  the  \bibliographystyle command, and it
       outputs the results to the .bbl file.

       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 .bib files. The `BibTeXing' document
       describes extensions and details of this format, and it gives other useful hints for using
       BibTeX.

OPTIONS

       The  -min-crossrefs  option  defines the minimum number of crossref required for automatic
       inclusion of the crossref base entry in the citation list; the default is two.   To  avoid
       these  automatic  inclusions altogether, give this option a sufficiently large number, and
       be sure to remove any previous .aux and .bbl files.  Otherwise the option  may  appear  to
       have  no  effect, since BibTeX will have added the citation for the base entry to the .aux
       file, and nothing will remove it.

       With the -terse option, BibTeX operates silently.   Without  it,  a  banner  and  progress
       reports are printed on stdout.

ENVIRONMENT

       BibTeX  searches the directories in the path defined by the BSTINPUTS environment variable
       for .bst files. If BSTINPUTS is not set, it uses the system default.  For .bib  files,  it
       uses the BIBINPUTS environment variable if that is set, otherwise the default.  See tex(1)
       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 tex(1).  No special
       searching is done for the .aux file.

FILES

       *.bst  Bibliography style files.

       btxdoc.tex
              ``BibTeXing'' - LaTeXable documentation for general BibTeX users

       btxhak.tex
              ``Designing BibTeX Styles'' - LaTeXable documentation for style designers

       btxdoc.bib
              database file for those two documents

       xampl.bib
              database file giving examples of all standard entry types

       btxbst.doc
              template file and documentation for the standard styles

       All those files should be available somewhere on your system.

       The host math.utah.edu has a vast collection of .bib files available  for  anonymous  ftp,
       including  references  for  all  the  standard  TeX  books and a complete bibliography for
       TUGboat.

SEE ALSO

       latex(1), tex(1).
       Leslie Lamport,  LaTeX  -  A  Document  Preparation  System,  Addison-Wesley,  1985,  ISBN
       0-201-15790-X.

AUTHOR

       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.