I am using Texmaker on a Mac. I am having trouble creating a bibliography.

Firstly, how do I create a file with the .bib extension? When I try to save a new file - let's call it "ref" - it saves as a .tex file. There is no option in "Save As" for .bib. In "Save As" when choosing extension time there is only one option which is "TeX Files( .tex, .bib, ...)".

Secondly, I understand that I am supposed to compile using PDFLatex>BibTex>PDFLatex>PDFLatex>ViewPDF. But I get error commands such as "exited with erros" when running bibtex. I am pasting the error message here:

\bibdata{ref : } I'm skipping whatever remains of this command I found no cite keys---while reading file Impact of schooling on slum children_Summary_v1.aux I found no database files---while reading file Impact of schooling on slum children_Summary_v1.aux (There were 5 error messages)

Process exited with error(s)

When using beamer, do we use the same method to create a bibliography?

closed as unclear what you're asking by user31729, Adam Liter, Werner, Masroor, Paul Gessler Jul 14 '14 at 20:53

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  • Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. Also, you might want to read Question mark instead of citation number – Adam Liter Jul 13 '14 at 4:33
  • Also, I don't use TeXMaker, so I'm not sure how it works, but for managing a .bib file, you should use something like JabRef or BibDesk. BibDesk is Mac only. You can also just use any text editor, though, to create a .bib file, but a dedicated GUI like one of those is probably better. – Adam Liter Jul 13 '14 at 4:35
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    You should just type the .bib extension manually. – Werner Jul 13 '14 at 4:46
  • In addition to Werner's statement, select in the "Save-As" dialog in "Filter" the option "All Files", then you can provide any file name and extension allowed by your OS. – user31729 Jul 13 '14 at 5:43
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    @SKn: Please add a minimal working example to your original post above instead a mere comment. See (meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/228) for instance on how to make a MWE – user31729 Jul 13 '14 at 8:20