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  1. How do I do bibliography in Context, that is more than just bibtex? In the manual there is no explanation of this. Source code doesn't tell me much either...
  2. Are there any "packages" that provide bibliography support? (If yes - where is that place where I can search for packages?)
  3. Can I use biblatex in context?
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    See wiki.contextgarden.net/Bibliography_mkiv and wiki.contextgarden.net/Bibliography to get started.
    – Aditya
    Mar 6, 2013 at 17:04
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    ConTeXt uses bibtex as a backend, but it also includes some code, formerly known as the bib module, which allows to set up the bibliography. See the bib manual for more details. But frankly, bibliography support is not well tested in ConTeXt and you'll soon encounter limitations and bugs. You cannot use biblatex with ConTeXt.
    – Marco
    Mar 6, 2013 at 17:15
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    It's fair to say that biblatex+biber backend can do a lot more than bibtex (complete multifield Unicode sorting with tailoring, customisable sorting schemes, customisable crossref inheritance, on the fly data modifications, custom data models plus a lot more). It is a shame biblatex doesn't work with context but that's a piece of work none of the biblatex maintainers have time to look at really. Personally, I don't know context enough to even begin to look at this.
    – PLK
    Mar 7, 2013 at 7:52
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    There is also the librarian package, which does bibliography stuff without bibtex, and can be used with ConTeXt via the normal \usemodule[librarian]. Unfortunately, I've not used it myself (or ConTeXt). It looks pretty neat, and I always mean to look into it, but never have the time....
    – jon
    Mar 11, 2013 at 20:47
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    If you have TeX Live, you can do texdoc librarian; otherwise look on CTAN (download from mirror).
    – jon
    Mar 12, 2013 at 15:17

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You cannot use biblatex with ConTeXt.

ConTeXt uses bibtex as a backend, but it also includes some code, formerly known as the bib module, which allows to set up the bibliography. See the bib manual for more details. Bibliography support is not well tested in ConTeXt, though.

Although it has some rough edges and limitations, bibliography support is quite flexible in ConTeXt and you can change the appearance using TeX macros.

As others have mentioned, there's also the librarian package, which might be worth a try (I've never used it myself).

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