The manpage of bibtex says that it can be used with both LaTeX and TeX. However, I did not find any resource how to do it and also no TeX book of mine explains it. Can someone provide a minimalistic example?

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You can look at the btxmac.tex from Eplain (usually found in texmf-dist/tex/eplain). It includes an example of use with plain TeX.


Here is the example given in http://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb24-1/patashnik.pdf:

\input btxmac

The \TeX{}book~\cite{knuth:tex} is good.

\leftline{\bf References}




There is nothing really special.


The eplain manual describes how to use bibtex with some of the eplain commands. It looks really similar to the way it's done in LaTeX.

  • Could you provide a working example?
    – qubyte
    Feb 1, 2012 at 5:47

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