TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm having serious problems generating a bibliography using TeXshop, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to resolve the problem. I've followed all the helpful hints I could find, and nothing!! When I compile using bibtex (after doing latex first), I get an error stating that it can't find my bib file. My .bib file is located in ~Library/texmf/bibtex/bib, and I'm attempting to call it with \bibliography{Dissertation}. Everything I've read says to put the bib file in that location, and they all seem to assume that doing so makes everything run fine. So, I haven't been able to find much in the way of advice!

share|improve this question

closed as unclear what you're asking by Christoph, Gonzalo Medina, ChrisS, Heiko Oberdiek, Werner Mar 2 '14 at 1:32

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Try to put it on the same folder as your main tex file. – Sigur Jul 26 '13 at 18:22
Have you run texhash? – Mico Jul 26 '13 at 18:31
It should work fine (even without running texhash). Can you run bibtex on your file's .aux from the command line? (Note: you don't bibtex your .bib file.) – jon Jul 26 '13 at 18:35
Just a thought, try changing the name of your bib file to dissertation.bib (no upper case). The Mac OS has a funny relation with case sensitivity sometimes. – Alan Munn Jul 26 '13 at 19:27
As jon pointed, a common error is to try to run bibtex on your .bib file instead of the .aux file. So, assuming your main TeX file is main.tex and your BibTeX file is dissertation.bib, you need to call bibtex main and not bibtex dissertation.bib. – Xavier Jul 26 '13 at 20:05