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I'm realty new at using LaTeX. But I have an problem getting an .bib file to show in my output:







And my Litteratur.bib looks like this:

author    = "Michel Goossens and Frank Mittelbach and Alexander Samarin",
title     = "The LaTeX Companion",
year      = "1993",
publisher = "Addison-Wesley",
address   = "Reading, Massachusetts"

I'm using Latexian as my editor, and I have been into and change the setting so the type set I set to 2. And then exporting BibTeX is checked. But then I look at the log file after exporting. It's saying this:

This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (TeX Live 2011)
The top-level auxiliary file: TSWLatexianTemp_000003.aux
The style file: alpha.bst
Database file #1: Litteratur.bib
Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Friedl2006"
(There was 1 warning)

But I don't no where it gets that Friedl2006.

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You mustn't specify the .bib extension. – egreg Apr 5 '12 at 20:10
You have no \cite commands in your source. Without them, you will get no citations. This is covered in most LaTeX guides: perhaps take a look at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/11/… – Joseph Wright Apr 5 '12 at 20:10
I have tried to use \Cite. But the it only shows me [?] – mortenstarck Apr 5 '12 at 20:56
You have to run latex bibtex latex latex. pl try. – Harish Kumar Apr 5 '12 at 23:36
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Your examples doens't show everything. I am trying to point out some relevant problems:

  • You need a specific bib file with the correct syntax. The syntax of a bib file are shown here. An other relevant question is URL of cited web site in bibliography The example is:

      author    = "Milton {Abramowitz} and Irene A. {Stegun}",
      title     = "Handbook of Mathematical Functions with
                   Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables",
      publisher = "Dover",
      year      =  1964,
      address   = "New York",
      edition   = "ninth Dover printing, tenth GPO printing"
  • To get a reference inside your document you have to call them. For example a specific entry is called via \cite{abramowitz+stegun}. If you want to get everything of your bib file in the bibliography without citing you can simple use \nocite{*}.
  • Last but not least the compiling is important. The correct order of compiling is:

    (pdf)latex filename.tex
    bibtex filename.aux
    (pdf)latex filename.tex
    (pdf)latex filename.tex
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Thanks. Instead of using \cite i used \nocite{*} instead and now it works. – mortenstarck May 23 '12 at 0:40

Citation from the Latexian FAQ:

"I see question marks where labels and references should appear in Preview and Live Preview. What should I do?

By default, Preview and Live Preview only do a single typesetter run without any options to maximize performance (Export does multiple runs). You can configure Preview and Live Preview to do multiple runs and/or run BibTeX in the Preview section of Latexian's Preferences. Then, your labels and references should appear."

In own words: go to: Latexian --> Preferences --> Preview then under "typesetting options" mark "BibTex" and set "number of typesetting runs" to 2.

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