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I have a bib file in Jabref. Once the .tex file is compiled, the bibliography section appears but it is all empty.

Here is an example of my .tex file:


\usepackage[english, french]{babel}



Any insights ?

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You seem to have no citations: do you have any in the real case? Did you run LaTeX, BibTeX, LaTeX, LaTeX? – Joseph Wright Oct 28 '12 at 15:28
I am a very beginner in Latex. I did not at all use the \cite in the text, so there is no citation using Jabref referecing, but I cite without linking to the reference. Should i use cite to make it work ? Second, how can I run LaTeX, BibTeX, LaTeX, LaTeX? Sorry for trivial questions Thanks – Irene Oct 28 '12 at 15:30
Welcome to TeX.sx! – hpesoj626 Oct 28 '12 at 15:40
Welcome to TeX.sx! Your code is not a minimal working example (MWE), please see I've just been told I have to write a minimal example, what is that?. Most of the packages can removed here for our test case. I do not know Jabref, but I think, you need to create a bib file first, what then must picked up by some LaTeX code. This is surely not related to TeXnicCenter. – Speravir Oct 28 '12 at 15:44
BTW Bibliography in TeXnicCenter. – Speravir Oct 28 '12 at 15:56
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JabRef is a program for managing BibTeX database (.bib) files but does not directly affect what happens in LaTeX. Adding a database to a .tex file does not add in the citations. You need either \cite or \nocite: the latter adds references to the bibliography without a citation in the text

  author = {Other, A. N.},
  journal = {J. Irrep. Res.},
  title = {Some things we did},
  year  = {2012},
  author = {Nobacon, D.},
  journal = {J. Chumb.},
  title = {Tubthumping},
  year  = {2012},
Some text \cite{demo1} more text\nocite{demo2}.

You will need to run LaTeX, then BibTeX, then LaTeX twice for the document to be complete.

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Thank you so much, it worked ! – Irene Oct 28 '12 at 16:04

To run BibTeX just follow the image below.

enter image description here

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Awesome, Thank you – Irene Oct 28 '12 at 16:06

One additional source of this error is if you are citing multiple authors in one block, there can be no white-space between the authors.

This works:


This does not work

\cite{smith2004, smith2005} 
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