Normally I use zotero and its
biblatex export tool to create a
.bib file. But this method doesn't put you in charge of the bibliography and you could reproduces errors in the references if zotero fails to retrieve the right data (or if the conversion to bib(La)TeX is wrong).
Therefore, I am considering the possibility to go back to the old method; manage my bibliography within a single
.bib edited by hand. I used to do this with the help of Emacs+AUCTeX. It is very simple to enter the different field with Emacs and to create references. However, the file is not organized; there is no order of references. Emacs writes references where the cursor is.
I would like to have some minimum order inside this
.bib file. For example, the references could be order alphabetically by name of author. How can I achieve this? And, more generally, what are the tools available to manager a
.bib file by hand? (to search inside for example). I have to precise I don't want to use JabRef.