# Elegant way to make entire citation bold

Is it possible to make an entire reference appear bold in the references section when using BibTeX? I'm using the IEEE templates and .bst.

I found this related question, but is there a more elegant way to highlight certain entries rather than just adding \textbf{} to every field in my .bib file?

Note that I only want to highlight selected entries from my bilbiography, so changing the whole thing wouldn't accomplish what I'm trying to do.

Unfortunately, I can't use biblatex as \usepackage[style=ieee]{biblatex} differs from what I get using the official IEEE .bst

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Nope, it's completely arbitrary in that sense. I'm trying to highlight certain references for someone else to look at. –  zje May 7 '12 at 23:27
I think you can simple setup biblatex but you can't simple setup the bst -- method. So it's easier if you try biblatex. –  Marco Daniel Jun 2 '12 at 20:44
@user825518 I'd love to know what is wrong with the biblatex IEEE style: please report the issues to joseph.wright@morningstar2.co.uk :-) –  Joseph Wright Jun 2 '12 at 22:06

Assuming numeric citations, here's a way: put the following code in your document preamble.

\usepackage{xparse}
\ExplSyntaxOn

\clist_new:N \g_boldcite_list_clist
\cs_new:Npn \boldcite_checkkey:n #1
{
\clist_if_in:NnTF \g_boldcite_list_clist { #1 } { \bfseries } { \mdseries } \boldcite_bibitem:n {#1}
}
\cs_set_eq:NN \boldcite_bibitem:n \bibitem

\RenewDocumentCommand{\bibitem}{m}
{
\boldcite_checkkey:n { #1 }
}
\NewDocumentCommand{\boldreferences}{m}
{
\clist_gput_right:Nn \g_boldcite_list_clist { #1 }
}
\ExplSyntaxOff

You can then add any number of commands

\boldreferences{key1,key2}

where you list the keys of the references you want to embolden.

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I apologize for my delay in response, but thank you very much! That does exactly what I was looking for! –  zje Jun 14 '12 at 15:30