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In some areas of maths, it is advised to cite mathematical and drawing software you use to make your computations and drawings. Since I draw in TikZ, I would like to know how officially cite the package in my article. I use BibTeX, in this case with amsalpha style, as in MWE below.

(Related to How do I properly cite TeX.SE for its help in typesetting? which, however, treats citing this site rather than packages themselves.)

\begin{filecontents}{bibtest.bib}

@misc{dummy,
TITLE = {Dummy Software},
AUTHOR = {John Doe},
YEAR = {2013},
}

\end{filecontents}

\documentclass{amsart}

\begin{document}

I want to cite \cite{dummy}, and I want to cite \cite{tikz} as well.

\bibliographystyle{amsalpha}
\bibliography{bibtest}

\end{document}
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For software it would be relevant to include the information about the version/release of the software. With Bibtex this information can be stored in the howpublished field.

@misc{dummy,
TITLE = {Dummy Software},
AUTHOR = {John Doe},
YEAR = {2013},
HOWPUBLISHED = {Version 0.1},
}

Biblatex offers the entry type software (though unsupported, i.e., standard style will treat it as misc), has the field version.

@software{dummy,
title = {Dummy Software},
author = {John Doe},
year = {2013},
version = {0.1},
}
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