I'm creating my bib-file (Literaturverzeichnis.bib) with jabref under windows and I'm also inserting papers and books etc which I read but might not need as they might be irrelevant for my current work. But I still want to keep them in the bib-file to always have a record of what I've read already (taking notes on each entry with a short summary on my own if the entry is relevant or not).

I therefore organize the entries in groups, one group called _irrelevant_. Then I insert them into my thesis via

\bibliographystyle{alphadin}    % Literaturverzeichnis nach DIN 1505

Would it be now possible to somehow exclude


  • a) every entry of my reference-list which wasn't quoted in my thesis at all by using \cite{XYZ}


  • b) (if a) isn't possible) only display entries of certain groups (so that I could exclude all entries which I assigned to group _irrelevant_ and only display the relevant entries)

Thank you a lot in advance!

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    Just don't use \nocite{*}. In this case only quoted entries are listed in the bibliography. Oct 31, 2013 at 18:48
  • Oh okay, didn't see in the template that there was yet another command interfering into the bibliographics-behaviour. Thank you a lot. If you write a whole answer, I'll accept it, because you solved it via a)
    – tim
    Oct 31, 2013 at 18:50

1 Answer 1


I guess somewhere in you template the command \nocite{*} is used. This leads to a bibliography where all entries of the bibliography file are printed. So comment out the command \nocite{*}. In this case only quoted entries are listed in the bibliography.

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