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I am migrating across laptops. In my old laptop I have a .tex file which works just fine. However, when I use the same .tex and compile it in a new laptop in which I just installed the proTeXt system, it does not create the bibliography, and I get the message:

Process started: bibtex.exe "DTAGissues"

This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (MiKTeX 2.9 64-bit)
The top-level auxiliary file: DTAGissues.aux
I couldn't open style file natbib.bst
---line 37 of file DTAGissues.aux
: \bibstyle{natbib
 :                 }
I'm skipping whatever remains of this command
I found no style file---while reading file DTAGissues.aux
(There were 2 error messages)

Process exited normally

So, there seems to be a problem with natbib, but I don't understand it, as everything was working fine in my previous system. I use the lines below to include the bibliography:

%include the bibliography
\bibliographystyle{natbib}
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{References}
\bibliography{C:/ctr/MainBibFile}

What might I be doing wrong here?

I actually manege to make it work if I copy file natbib.bst into the folder where my .tex is, but that seems a patch rather than a solution? I tried adding natbib.bst to texmf folder but that does not work.

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    Type \bibliographystyle{plainnat} – egreg Feb 28 '14 at 20:54
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proTeXt uses MiKTeX, so basically you may follow this answer which shows how to install additional packages "by hand" with MiKTeX. However, because you don't want to install a package file (.sty), but a BibTeX style file (.bst), you should replace the recommended subdirectory tex\latex\misc with bibtex\bst\misc.

A more important caveat (and the the source of your problem): The current version of the natbib package doesn't include a natbib.bst style file anymore. Googling for natbib.bst brings up this file from 1994 (!). It could be that natbib.sty (the package) is backward-compatible with natbib.bst; it could also be that the package and your .bst, even when installed correctly, don't play together well. So: check thoroughly if everything in your bibliography and in-text-citations is working as expected.

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