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With the following entry in the .bib file

AUTHOR="M., J. J.",
TITLE="My Sample Title",
JOURNAL="Journal Name",

and with \bibliographystyle{plain} in the preamble, my PDF output displays the reference title with lower case, except for the first letter: "My sample title". How could I state that the title should be shown in PDF as I write it in the .bib file?

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Afaik you could enclose the first letter into {} like My {S}ample {T}itle. But I haven't tried it and I really doubt that this is the best way ... – Thorsten Apr 23 '12 at 14:25
Of course I could do so. The problem is that the .bib file I have on disposal has around 600 entries. – boy Apr 23 '12 at 14:42
If you're a Vim user, you could add the braces with :g/^TITLE=/ s/\<\([A-Z]\)\([a-z]*\)\>/{\1}\2/g. – Martin Apr 23 '12 at 15:22
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of course, this isn't an answer to "how do i modify my .bib file"...

make a "myplain.bst" that is a copy of plain.bst, but replaces

FUNCTION {format.title}
{ title empty$
    { "" }
    { title "t" change.case$ }


FUNCTION {format.title}
{ title empty$
    { "" }
    { title }

and then change your document to use myplain.bst instead of plain.bst

do not, under any circumstances, change your plain.bst file! ... changing a fundamental part of the distribution will lead to tears, later.

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Thanks. Could you be more specific on 1) where I could find plain.bst file, and 2) where do I specify that my .tex file uses "myplain.bst" file instead of "plain.bst"? – boy Apr 23 '12 at 20:07
I suppose that changing \bibliographystyle{plain} to \bibliographystyle{myplain} would suffice for the second part, but I still need access to plain.bst file. Where could I find it, and should I place myplain.bst in the same directory with plain.bst? – boy Apr 24 '12 at 15:28
The answer found here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/31747/… – boy Apr 24 '12 at 19:41

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