Is there a '
biblatex in a nutshell' guide out there?
I'd like if someone explained to me the essentials on how to use
biblatex (what lines I have to write in my document, which files I have to have, how many times and what I have to compile), so then I can go to http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/exptl/biblatex/doc/biblatex.pdf to customise it further.
Is there a '
A minimal document for
which requires a <database> file in
Normally, you'd also select a bibliography style by loading this an an optional argument to the
You should use the '8-bit' version of BibTeX as a minimum, rather than the ancient 7-bit BibTeX. At the Command line, this is used by doing
bibtex8 --wolfgang <filename>
where <filename> is the name of your LaTeX file.
There is more you can do, but this should get you started.
For some time,
and you then need to run
As you'll see, this is very little difference from using BibTeX: basically replace 'BibTeX' with 'Biber'. See How to use biber for more on this.
Recent versions of
in favour of the more general
The latter is more general, but you must include the file extension (usually
In the first three instances, you may omit
Section 1 of the
I just got started with
I read into the German article that Herbert referred to as well, but I didn't feel like it really told me what to do and how to get started, but perhaps that's because this is the first time I ever used some kind of bibliography tool in LaTeX.
If you need to decide whether to use BibTeX or Biber as a backend, Alan Munn's extensive (but comprehensible!) answer to bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib might be of help to you. I decided to use Biber.
Concludingly, I recommend going straight to the source and getting some first-hand information by reading the mentioned parts of the
I too would like to find what the OP is asking about (an introductory-type document on BibLaTeX). I haven't found one yet, but here are two documents that I did find useful towards that end:
Broken link now, but what I found most helpful is here:
3.5 The latest and greatest: biblatex
A radical reimplementation of bibliography support is biblatex. Bibliography styles aren’t writ- ten in the unfamiliar .bst syntax but in LaTEX, and the role of BibTEX is reduced to collecting and sorting the bibliographic data. LaTEX itself selects, arranges and formats the information from the bibliographic entries. Advantages include
Fortunately, an old BibTEX database is still compatible with biblatex.
Getting started with biblatex. You can easily experiment with biblatex. For starters, use the package option natbib or natbib=true so that you don’t need to change the cite commands in your LaTEX source just yet. Latexbib uses mostly the same database format and requires only a few small changes in the preamble and at the end of your document. Biblatex preamble commands for the example below:
and near the end:
Note that with biblatex the \bibliography command should be in the preamble.
This is now (8/10/2013) also a broken link, and that's too bad because I found the document very helpful two years ago. I still have both these files, but I can't do justice to this second one in the answer here. I've attached an image of the first page, but would gladly post the pdf if it was possible.
You can start with one of the default settings, e.g.:
There are a lot of examples in your local TeX installation (at
For French-speaking people, this site tries to popularise LaTeX among students in humanities. You can download from this page a .pdf of about 60 pages entitled "Biblatex expliqué à Mademoiselle Michu, étudiante en sciences humaines" (something like "Biblatex explained to Miss Jane Bloggs, a Student in Humanities"), that I find a rather good and simple approach.