I am using TexShop to write a thesis using the document class article. I was using a bib file which was updating all the references correctly without any errors with the \autocite option in the foot note section.

For some reason, when I updated the .bib file, the reference unique key would continue to be printed in footnotes but the link to the references was broken and the references did not print in the Bibliography section.

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  • You should rewrite your post into a question and an answer (provided by you). It would be more clear this way. – ppr May 19 '15 at 7:08
  • You should better learn to use biber correctly as quite a number of biblatex features work only with this backend. – Ulrike Fischer May 19 '15 at 7:30
  • Thanks for the suggestion @ppr and yes Ulrike, this being my first complete document in latex, I hope to improve on it. – vsp May 19 '15 at 7:41
  • You need to provide a minimal working example with bibliography (MWEB) so that the problem can be analysed. – Andrew Swann May 19 '15 at 7:48

I solved this after bit of searching. The change I made to make it work was to replace the backend from biber to bibtex.

Changed code:


Reran in TexShop:

Typeset pdflatexmk
Typeset bibtex
Typeset latex
Typeset latex

I hope this is of use to those who have trouble printing references after making changes to .bib file

The file in the entirety could be something like this:


  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Title},
  publisher = {Publisher},

Some text. \footnote{Cp. \autocite{key}}

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