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Is there any way to have BibTeX 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 '11 at 23:16
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    @Alan Munn: I've edited my answer to reflect your comment. – Gonzalo Medina May 1 '11 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 '14 at 19:37

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