I've looked over other questions, but none of them seem to solve my problem.

I have a document and would like to do the following with biblatex:

  1. Use the bibtex backend
  2. Compile my (long) bibliography
  3. Never bother again with bibtex and just use PdfLaTeX for further edits

I use Texmaker, Windows 7 and the MikTeX bundle. All used files (*.tex, *.aux, *.bib, ...) are in the same directory under "C:\Users\UserName\Desktop\test".

I constructed a minimum working example:





{\nocite{*} \printbibliography }


with source.bib:

 title = {Solution of the Schr\"odinger Equation with a Hamiltonian Periodic in Time},
 author = {Shirley, Jon H.},
 journal = {Phys. Rev.},
 volume = {138},
 issue = {4B},
 pages = {B979--B987},
 numpages = {0},
 year = {1965},
 month = {May},
 publisher = {American Physical Society},
 doi = {10.1103/PhysRev.138.B979},
 url = {http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRev.138.B979}

Now, I tried to compile it with Texmaker using "bibtex %" and I get an error. The complete log is:

This is BibTeX, Version 0.99d (MiKTeX 2.9) The top-level auxiliary file: test.aux The style file: biblatex.bst 
I couldn't open database file source.bib ---line 4 of file test.aux : \bibdata{test-blx,source : } 
I'm skipping whatever remains of this command Database file #1: test-blx.bib 
Warning--I didn't find a database entry for "Shirley65" Biblatex version: 2.6 (There was 1 error message) 
Process exited normally

When I run PdfLaTeX again I get the warning that my bibliography is empty and Shirley65 is not found.

I don't know how I could fix this. Any help is appreciated.

closed as off-topic by Joseph Wright Jul 6 '15 at 14:55

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    bibtex can't find or open source.bib. So check very carefully the name and location of the file. Btw: When you remove or add citations you will have to call bibtex again, so imho 3. is not possible. – Ulrike Fischer Jul 4 '15 at 13:35
  • @ChristianHupfer: Do you really believe, bibtex would report on any system "I couldn't open database file source.bib" when encountering an invalid field? – Ulrike Fischer Jul 4 '15 at 13:38
  • @Ulrike Fischer Could you give a more detailed description how I check the name and location of the file? Because I have no idea what would be the first step to do so. – BlueLemon Jul 4 '15 at 13:47
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    Use the windows explorer and your eyes. Is your bib-file opened in some other application which could block it? – Ulrike Fischer Jul 4 '15 at 13:50
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    Also, check that the extension is really .bib and not, say .bib.tex or .tex. – cfr Jul 4 '15 at 13:55