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When answering this question about CV reference lists I thought it would be helpful if there was a "dummy" bib file that I could include. Is there a package like lipsum or blindtext for bib files?

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I think any BibTeX installation will have this one available


That is (in texlive at least) in the default path so you can do:





or cite a specific entry such as

   author = {L[eslie] A. Aamport},
   title = {The Gnats and Gnus Document Preparation System},
   journal = {\mbox{G-Animal's} Journal},
   year = 1986,
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I found it (and a bunch of other bib files), but they were based in texmf-dist/bibtex/bib/ for my TeXLive 2011. – StrongBad May 28 '12 at 12:39
yes that's where they were in mine but texlive's texmf.cnf puts those directories in the bibtex path so if you latex/bibtex the latex file as posted, then bibtex should find the .bib file. % BibTeX bibliographies and style files. bibtex8 also uses these. BIBINPUTS = .;$TEXMF/bibtex/bib// BSTINPUTS = .;$TEXMF/bibtex/{bst,csf}// – David Carlisle May 28 '12 at 12:52

Users of biblatex may add


to their preamble and hereby make available a sample bibliography with about 70 entries. However, this .bib file uses biblatex-specific field types like journaltitle and therefore is not suitable for users of traditional BibTeX/.bst files.

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