Suppose I have a rather large BibTeX bibliography file that contains both works cited in a paper as well as works I saved to my bibliography without actually citing them in my paper.

Is there a way to only print those entries that are not yet cited in the paper, say, as a reminder that I wanted to include them at some point in my thesis?

This might seem somewhat counter-intuitive, but it has to do with the fact that I use an external tool for library management that creates a BibTeX file with all the saved entries, regardless of whether they are actually cited in my paper.

I'm using biblatex and the biber backend to create my bibliography.

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    You can use bibtool to extract the entries that have been cited, and use bibcut to compare that to your main library. – darthbith Aug 11 '15 at 18:26
  • You may also like this entry: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/212515/… – JPi Aug 11 '15 at 23:10
  • @darthbith Thanks for the input. Bibcut seems to have some trouble with entries containing a "shorttitle" tag or similar, however, apparently confusing the two entries and marking them as different. – barghest Aug 12 '15 at 8:53
  • @barghest Hmm too bad it didn't work... I have never tried it myself, but I think you have a pretty good answer already! :-) – darthbith Aug 12 '15 at 12:35
  • Another approach linked for completeness' sake: see this answer. – barghest Aug 12 '15 at 13:56

To print a list of references that have not been cited you can create a check that filters out the cited one (you have to enable the citetracker feature, e.g., \usepackage[citetracker=true]{biblatex}).

The check can be created as follows


and then put a \nocite{*} in the document, and use


PS I think this has been asked before, but I was not able to locate it.

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