Jabref generates a .bib reference file.

How can I use this in the TeXstudio?

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    It's just a normal BibTeX database – plain text, just like TeX. Use it as you would any bib file – there is an abundance of information on the web for this (and likely here as well). Apr 23, 2015 at 1:52
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JabRef provides an integration with TeXStudio, so you can push citations directly into TeXStudio. Just select TeXStudio in the toolbar as the external application and then you can push the currently selected entry as \cite{key} to TeXStudio.


Open the bib file in jabref.

Use one of Cntrl+K or Cntrl+L in jabref to insert the citation. If you are using Cntrl+L be sure that corresponding editor in jabref is correctly set to TeXStudio. When using Cntrl+L the following image will help you.

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