Although I've been using LaTeX for over ten years, I've never really got to grips with the organisation and typesetting of bibliographies, but I've just been handed an incentive, so it's time to learn. I already have specific, detailed questions, but I honestly think that I should try at least to help myself with the basics before asking here.
I run TeXLive on Windows 7, with a tendency towards XeLaTeX and latexmk. My extensive use of
memoir might influence things, and I'd like to know if and how. At this stage, RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero ''have come up in conversation with no lawyers present'', and any observations on that would be interesting, although I don't think that bibliographic database integration is a major issue.
I forgot to mention that I'm trying to migrate all of my typesetting to UTF-8, though for bibliographies I can get by for the moment with the character set corresponding to ISO-Latin-1. Later, I may need Turkish (e.g. ş) and Welsh (e.g. ŵ)
I also forgot to mention that my editors are(!) TeXWorks, Notepad++, and, recently, Kile. Please try to avoid anything involving vi or emacs, as I've tried four times to go down that path but am not bright enough...
As a complete bibliography newbie, what toolset should I use? As I have no legacy bibliographic databases, my inclination is towards BibLaTeX and Biber, but I realise that may be a bit leading-edge, so I'd welcome any advice, especially on potential pitfalls.
What are useful reading and sample resources that I might read `to get started'?
What are the exact relationships between UTF-8 (Latin-1 subset), UTF-8 (Expanded beyond Latin-1 to include Turkish and Welsh), back-ends (bibtex.exe and biber.exe), and front-ends (biblatex.sty and, say, natbib.sty). Perhaps the best answer to this question would say which combinations don't work together?