I'm writing my thesis and I would like to make 2 "bibliography" references: The first one would be for the publications I'm in and the second one for external references. I've made one *.bib file right now and it's working but I have no idea how I should work with 2 *.bib files.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.

  • This can be done quite easily with biblatex. (There also is multibib) Would you mind using it? Is there any particular style (guide) you have to adhere to? I think a MWE would be of quite some help.
    – moewe
    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:01
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    Solution with biblatex: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/28509/…
    – lockstep
    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:04

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You can use the chapterbib package and use the \bibliography command as many times as you need it, each with your specified .bib file.

\documentclass[11pt, letter]{article}
\section{First section}
And first bibliography.


\section{Second section}
And second bibliography.

\bibliographystyle{abbrv} % (Optionnal) Re-specify the style of the bibliography


biblio1 and biblio2 being your .bib files.

  • Thanks for your answer. I thought it was something more difficult. I should've started doing this.
    – tete
    Feb 28, 2014 at 14:47

If I'm not mistaken, the OP only needs to incorporate more than one *.bib file into the main *.tex file. With standard BibTeX, this is easy. Rather than the standard


one can use a comma-separated list, as in

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    I think the aim was to get two different bibliographies. This will just allow for two .bib files to appear in the same bibliography.
    – moewe
    Feb 27, 2014 at 14:47

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