I am using natbib with unsrtnat for processing bibliography for my thesis. I must prepare short summary of my thesis (about 35 pages out of ~200). It won't include literature overview just summary of my results. I have to include some (about 10%) of cited reference at the end and I want to preserve numbering from thesis text. Something like this:

In thesis bibliography section:
[1] Article 1
[2] Article 2
[3] Article 3
[4] Article 4
[5] Article 5
At the end of summary it should be:
[2] Article 2
[4] Article 4

Is that possible?


Here's a (not so dirty) manual way to do it. Let's say that your full thesis is in thesis.tex. It should contain something like:


and when you compile it, you should obtain a thesis.bbl file with your full bibliography. To make a working example, suppose that this full bibliography contains the following:

\expandafter\ifx\csname urlstyle\endcsname\relax
  \providecommand{\doi}[1]{doi: #1}\else
  \providecommand{\doi}{doi: \begingroup \urlstyle{rm}\Url}\fi

R.~D. Tennent.
\newblock The denotational semantics of programming languages.
\newblock \emph{Communications of the ACM}, 19\penalty0 (8):\penalty0 437--453,
  August 1976.

R.~D. Tennent.
\newblock \emph{Semantics of Programming Languages}.
\newblock Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1991.

\bibitem[Scott and Strachey(1971)]{scott-1971-tmscl}
D.~Scott and C.~Strachey.
\newblock Towards a mathematical semantics for computer languages.
\newblock In \emph{Proceedings of the Symposium on Computers and Automata},
  pages 19--46, Brooklyn, NY, 1971. Polytechnic Press.

C.~A. Gunter.
\newblock \emph{Semantics of Programming Languages: Structures and Techniques}.
\newblock Foundations of Computing Series. 1992.

J.~C. Mitchell.
\newblock \emph{Foundations for Programming Languages}.
\newblock 1996.


Then, you can quite easily use a subset of this bibliography in another document, say summary.tex, and preserve numbering like this


% keep track of citations in the summary
  \expandafter\let\csname bib@#2\endcsname\strut%
% replacement for bibitem
  \expandafter\ifx\csname bib@#2\endcsname\relax%
% skip unused bibitems

Just two citations: \cite{tennent-1991-spl} and \cite{mitchell-1996-fpl}.


Notice that, for simplicity, the skipped \bibitem's must necessarily end with a paragraph mark (\par). Make sure your .bbl file conforms to that or you'll get LaTeX errors.

This is what you'll get for the working example:

working example

  • I'll try your proposal later today or may be tomorrow and I will give you feedback. – alchemist_ bg Oct 1 '13 at 6:36

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