BibTeX is a bibliographic software program that is used in conjunction with the LaTeX typesetting software. You can use BibTeX to organize your references and create a bibliography within a document created with LaTeX.
- BibTeX creates a bibliography file and each reference within the file is given a unique "key."
- References are added to LaTeX by pointing to those keys.
- References can be stored in any of the common citation managers and then output in a BibTeX format for addition to your BibTeX bibliography file.
Getting Started & Building Your Skills
Introductory BibTeX video
This video introduces you to the basics of using BibTeX to add references to a paper being written in LaTeX.
Wikibook chapter on using BibTeX with LaTeX.
MIT Libraries FAQ on using Zotero with LaTeX.
MIT Libraries FAQ on using RefWorks with LaTeX and BibTeX.
Comparison of Citation Managers