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Is there any way to have BibTeX insert a bibliography without having citations in the body of the document itself? Maybe a way to hide the in-text citations, so that BibTeX still sees them and includes them in the bibliography, but does not print them in the body?

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Use \nocite{*} in the body of your document to include all the references in the .bib database. To include only some bibliographical entries, you can use \nocite{key1,key2,...,keyn} to include only the entries corresponding to key1,key2,...,keyn.

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Depending on how big your bib file is, \nocite{*} not be exactly the best solution. (It assumes that you have a separate bib file for the document, rather than a master bib file from which you pick references.) –  Alan Munn May 1 '11 at 23:05
    
fantastic, thank you! –  TJ Ellis May 1 '11 at 23:15
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Ah, I actually hadn't realized that the exact command \nocite{*} worked -- I took * as a wildcard standing in for the citation name i wanted to include -- I added a \nocite{} for each reference I wanted, worked great! –  TJ Ellis May 1 '11 at 23:16
    
@Alan Munn: I've edited my answer to reflect your comment. –  Gonzalo Medina May 1 '11 at 23:28
    
I'm using biblatex package and I' adding author names to author index using this \DeclareIndexNameFormat{default}{% \usebibmacro{index:name}{\index[cite]}{#1}{#3}{#5}{#7}}. What should I do if I want to add authors to author index with \nocite macro? I could catch... –  saldenisov Jun 9 at 19:37

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