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I am tearing my hair out with TexMaker. I have a bibliography file written in Jabref. It is called filename.bib. In my tex document have a bibliography style and source command like this:

\bibliographystyle{aea}
\bibliography{filename}

The cites match the "handles" in my bib file and look like this: \cite{basker2013change}

The bib file is in the directory with my tex file. I run latex, no errors. Bibtex, no errors. Latex, no errors. Latex, no errors. DviPDF. Look at the file and all the cites are ?. The bbl file is generated but blank. I have seen similar questions here but they all seem to be solved by following the latex, bibtex, latex, bibtex sequence. But that is not working for me.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX. What happens if you run latex bibtex latex latex from the command line, instead of using Texmaker? – Ian Thompson Jul 14 '14 at 20:54
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    What about providing us with the .log from both LaTeX and BibTeX runs? Can we reproduce this with a small, minimal working example (MWE)? – Werner Jul 14 '14 at 20:55
  • Are you sure that you have no typo with \cite{basker2013change}, i.e. the reference key basker2013change is correct? – user31729 Jul 14 '14 at 21:00
  • I've never seen bibtex say nothing in this sort of case. The command line is your friend. (The log is for when the command line isn't enough! Nothing wrong with using it - just more work and I'm lazy...) – cfr Jul 15 '14 at 1:13
  • Thanks. The citations had no typos. I tried using the command line instead of TeXmaker. Indeed, error messages popped up that were DIFFERENT than anything in the TeXmaker log file. I had not included the command \bibdata{filename}. I had clearly been confused about the role of the \bibdata vs \bibliography commands. The surprise was that TeXmaker didn't give me a hint! The command line output, instead, gave me exactly the right answer! – user59092 Jul 20 '14 at 19:42

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