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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
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