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Is there a way to sort a BibTeX file from within TexShop? For instance, I would like to have all items of type @proceedings at the end of the file, and the items otherwise sorted alphabetically (say by the name of the first author).

I'm not referring to sorting the references in a compiled document (using a .bst style), but rather the BibTeX entries themselves in a .bib source file.

I used to be able to do this on Windows using WinEdt. Can I achieve something similar in TexShop on Mac OS X?

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You can probably do something with BibDesk or JabRef. – egreg Feb 19 '13 at 15:16
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TeXShop is a simple editor for Mac Systems. You are looking for a frontend for managing bib-files. This can be done by other programs. Here a small list:

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@Bogdan, +1 for recommending zotero, if TexShop supports biber you can invest in biblatex package, if not I recommend another text editor, e.g., TexStudio. You may have a look at a workflow to make use of Zotero+bilatex+biber here – doctorate May 20 '13 at 12:25
+1 for BibDesk -- its interop with emacs and AucTex is good, meaning I can pound away in emacs, making new references at high speed without mousing, import them every now and then into BibDesk for canonicalization and cleanup, and write them back out to disk for future emacs sessions. – Reb.Cabin Jul 2 '15 at 16:21

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