# Is it possible to cite without a citation key?

I exported my .bib file from EndNote into LaTeX. However, there is no citation key for references. Do I have to add citation keys (manually) for each reference to be able to cite them within my document?

• Yes, you need a key. LaTeX can't read your mind, it needs some way to identify the citation. – Ulrike Fischer May 13 '15 at 6:21
• :) I've just wondered if I can use (somehow) existing author names within author field. – yildizabdullah May 13 '15 at 6:25
• Did you try tex.stackexchange.com/a/207219/14500 ? – Paul Gaborit May 13 '15 at 6:29
• Are you looking to list every entry in the bib file in the references section of your document, without needing to cite each and every entry explicitly somewhere in the body of the document? – Mico May 13 '15 at 7:55
• Actually, it would be better to list each of them in the references section. – yildizabdullah May 13 '15 at 8:16

If the objective is simply to include each and every entry in the bib file(s) mentioned in the \bibliography instruction, regardless of whether or not they are \cited explicitly somewhere in your document, simply issue the command
\nocite{*}

somewhere in the body of the document, i.e., somewhere between \begin{document} and \end{document}.
• have you tried it? if there are no citation keys (or label, e.g. @article{,) in the bibtex file, you will end with a bibliography with only one entry. – Guido May 13 '15 at 12:56