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My bibliography of my tex document doesnt work and i cant find out why. I created 2 books in bibTex, but if I refer to them via

 %%% Main Document
    \bibitem[Knuth98]{ComProgram} \emph{The Art of Computer Programming}

the compiler says missing item on these lines. I did it just as in the tutorial in wich i found these lines. The bib file is also in the same folder as the document. I found many tutorials on google but i just dont seem to get it.

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The problem is the missing argument to thebibliography, which specifies the widest label:


Note. If you are using directly the thebibliography environment, the \bibliography command is useless.

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oh i didnt know it was that simple, sorry for bothering you, but thanks a lot anyway –  dan Jun 3 '11 at 16:02
@dan Don't worry: I myself did sometimes the same mistake and scratched my head asking what was happening. –  egreg Jun 3 '11 at 16:03

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