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My university uses Harvard UTS referencing system. I have to write an engineering report and my references are more than 50. I think if I do all 50 references by hands, it takes too much time. So I would like to write a package and a bibtex style to ease the writing of references. Unfortunately I am not much familiar with bibtex. Can someone please help me writing a bibtex style file?

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The simplest way would be to use custom-bib. Open a terminal (command line), and then type latex makebst. Then follow the prompt. It will asks question about how you want to format the reference. At the end you get a suitable BibTeX style. –  Guido Nov 10 '12 at 4:26
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By the way there is a harvard package, and a few bst styles apsr, agsm`, dcu, kluwer. You might try with them first, and use custom-bib if they are not suitable for you. –  Guido Nov 10 '12 at 4:38
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Your university should already be suggesting a specific bibliography style. Would the registrar's office, or a similar office, be able to furnish this information? –  Mico Nov 10 '12 at 10:34
    
You can create your biblatex style. You will find a lot of inspiration here at TeX.sx. Eg.: Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles –  Marco Daniel Mar 2 '13 at 13:07
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It's always the best using a tool to create the bibliography. The standard mechanism for LaTeX is

  1. Saving the information in a file with the extension bib.
  2. Using BibTeX or biblatex/biber to create the bibliography.

The complete steps and the interaction are well explained in most common introductions.

Using the standard compilation BibTeX you can use a predefined style. A collection of available styles and their results can be found here: BibTeX and bibliography

If you don't find a suitable style and you want to use BibTeX you can create your own style by using custom-bib which is also compatible with natbib.

The second and most recommend method is the usage of biblatex. You can use a style provided by the package itself or you use a contributed style. The question/answer of Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles helps you for the first step.

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