I am working on my FIRST .tex document. I have my .bib exported from Zotero. Where do I need to place my .bib file so as to enable TeXShop to find it? Do I need to specify a path like I do when including figures? I would like to cite by author/year and have a list of references at the bottom. I am clearly making a mistake at the beginning or at the end, I am following directions in chapter 12 of Kopka & Daly Guide to LaTeX 2004, and I am missing something.

This is the error message I get when I run BibTeX:

 This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (TeX Live 2011) The top-level auxiliary
 file: 06_19_Etapa_1-1.aux The style file: alpha.bst I couldn't open
 database file MyLibrary.bib
 ---line 37 of file 06_19_Etapa_1-1.aux  : \bibdata{MyLibrary  :                   }

I'm skipping whatever remains of this command
I found no database files---while reading file 06_19_Etapa_1-1.aux
Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "hess_strobophotoglottographic_2000"
(There were 2 error messages)


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    Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. – karlkoeller Jun 19 '13 at 18:54
  • Does your .tex document have a line like \bibliography{MyLibrary}? – karlkoeller Jun 19 '13 at 18:57

One simple solution is to have the .bib file in the same folder as the .tex file you're working with. Or you can specify a path to it.

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