I haven't used any *.bib file. I need help with citations in Lyx.

  1. How can I put references to Lyx document?

  2. How can I put my references in to insert->citation window without using any bibliography?

My demonstration about citations in Lyx

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  • Accept a correct answer
    – Trect
    May 7, 2017 at 10:41

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I would recommend you use BibTeX (or another manager). But if you want to input them directly, in LyX go to the environment dropdown (e.g. in a new document it says "Standard"). Click on it and choose "Bibliography" (it might be the last option). For a keyboard shortcut, do alt + p, and then start typing "bibliography" to filter the dropdown list. Here is a screenshot:

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  • Can you look at this here about biblatex, biber err in Lyx. Thank you in advance :)
    – hhh
    Mar 16, 2016 at 13:57

@scottkosty's answer is correct to your question, but as he already mentioned, there is a more efficient and flexible way to create the references table then you asked for.

The BibTeX-file can be easily generated by software like JabRef, Mendeley, Zotero or simply an ASCII editor. Very convenient is that most journals and even some libraries offer to download the correct BibTeX citation for each article or book they offer. In the end, you can easily recycle the BibTeX file of references.

In order to include the BibTeX-file, choose from the menu "Insert" -> "List/TOC" -> "BibTeX Bibliography ...". Then in the popup menu, click "Add..." and then "Browse..." to navigate to the BibTeX-file.

  • Answer to part 1 of the question +1, this I find more efficient even though less accessible (not so visible).
    – hhh
    Mar 16, 2016 at 13:36
  • Any experience in Biber and Lyx? Perhaps you know answer to this?
    – hhh
    Mar 16, 2016 at 13:58

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