Is there any way to have BibTeX or biblatex insert a bibliography without having citations in the body of the document itself? Maybe a way to hide the in-text citations, so that BibTeX still sees them and includes them in the bibliography, but does not print them in the body?

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Use \nocite{*} in the body of your document to include all the references in the .bib database. To include only some bibliographical entries, you can use \nocite{key1,key2,...,keyn} to include only the entries corresponding to key1,key2,...,keyn.

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    Ah, I actually hadn't realized that the exact command \nocite{*} worked -- I took * as a wildcard standing in for the citation name i wanted to include -- I added a \nocite{} for each reference I wanted, worked great!
    – TJ Ellis
    May 1, 2011 at 23:16
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    @Alan Munn: I've edited my answer to reflect your comment. May 1, 2011 at 23:28
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    I'm using biblatex package and I' adding author names to author index using this \DeclareIndexNameFormat{default}{% \usebibmacro{index:name}{\index[cite]}{#1}{#3}{#5}{#7}}. What should I do if I want to add authors to author index with \nocite macro? I could catch...
    – saldenisov
    Jun 9, 2014 at 19:37
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    Does \nocite{*} work using BibTeX? It doesn't work for me. If not, is there a similar command for BibTeX?
    – C.F.G
    Jun 28, 2022 at 7:19
  • I did put \nocite{*} but it doesnt work for me... Jun 29 at 14:09

Using the apacite package, the following code works for me:

\usepackage{url} % Link bibliography links (avoid long links for clarity)
\usepackage{breakurl} % Break URLs over multiple lines
\usepackage{hyperref} % Link bibliography links (avoid long links for clarity)

    \bibliography{ref/lib} % References a "lib.bib" file inside of the "ref" folder
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    Hrmmm, at the core of the answer is the \nocite{*} which is already discussed in the other answer. Apart from that I can't see the need to load etoolbox in this particular example. You also have \bibliographystyle twice (which is probably not an error on the LaTeX side, but BibTeX doesn't like that). Plus natbib and apacite should ideally not be used together like this (they can be used together, but then that should be done with \usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite}). ...
    – moewe
    Sep 5, 2020 at 5:06
  • ... \usepackage{breakurl} is not recommendable with all toolchains (I'd say it's only useful in a minority of cases). Generally it is recommended to load hyperref last (subject to a few documented exceptions; I'm not aware that natbib is such an exception).
    – moewe
    Sep 5, 2020 at 5:08
  • Thanks for the feedback! Sep 6, 2020 at 0:10

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