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Managing References with LaTeX/BibTeX

This LibGuide is designed for University of Melbourne staff and students to instruct on the various methods of reference management within LaTeX documents. The basics of a LaTeX bibliography is explained with reference to more popular editors such as Shar

RefWorks and LaTeX

Rather than having to edit your BibTeX bibliographic entries manually, you can manage your references with a reference management program, such as RefWorks, and then export references in BibTeX format.

This will be a helpful guide especially if you already have a well-developed RefWorks library that you would prefer to utilize rather than start entering references from scratch either manually or into another BibTeX based reference management program. 

Step-by-step RefWorks and LaTeX guide

Create RefWorks reference list

  • If you have not created a RefWorks reference list before please refer to this LibGuide

Export RefWorks into a BibTeX file

  1. Select the RefWorks folder you wish to export for use in your LaTeX document
  2. Go to the top of the page and select the References tab
  3. From the drop down box click the Export option
  4. Next choose the Select an Export Format drop down box
  5. Click the BibTeX - RefWorks ID option 
  6. Click the Export References button
  7. A new tab will appear with a list of the references in BibTeX format. If this doesn't occur then a pop up box will appear at the bottom of the screen with the options of download or email. Select the most suitable option for you. 
  8. Save page as a new LaTeX document file with the .bib extension. Ensure you save the .bib file into the same folder as your original LaTeX document.