For my thesis I'm working with the polyglossia package and now I need to include my bibliography. I'd like to work with multibib, to seperate primary and secondary sources but I can't seem to make it work ; it doesn't include any bibliography. When I don't use multibib and just one of the 3 .bib files, it includes it without any problem. What do I do wrong?

Here my code:


\setmainfont{Times New Roman}

\newcommand{\BibTeX}{{\scshape Bib}\kern-.08em\TeX}

    { Sources lexicographiques},
    { Sources lexicologiques},
    { Études}






And here an exemple of my bibliography:

    author = {Asan, Finuţa},
    title = {Derivarea cu sufixe şi prefixe în Psaltirea Hurmuzaki},
    booktitle = {SMFC},
    year = {1959},
    bookauthor = {Academia RPR, Institutul de lingvistica din Bucuresti},
    editor = {Editura Academiei},
    location = {Bucarest},
    volume = {1},
    volumes = {6},
    pages = {203-212}

    author = {Graur, Alexandru},
    title = {Nom d'agent et adjectif en roumain},
    year = {1929},
    publisher = {Champion},
    location = {Paris},

    author = {Meyer-Lübke, Wilhelm},
    title = {Grammaire des Langues Romanes},
    year = {1890-1906},
    volumes = {4},
    publisher = {Fues},
    location = {Leipzig},
  • Are you using bibtex on the aux files? – Sigur Aug 29 '15 at 15:37
  • Sorry, I don't know what you mean... – Bianca Mertens Aug 30 '15 at 3:50
  • I think the problem might be related to the fact that I can't compile any .bbl of my .bib file. Everytime I push F10, I get the following error message : "Processus en cours : makeglossaries.exe "test2016" No \@istfilename found in 'test2016.aux'. Did your LaTeX run fail? Did your LaTeX run produce any output? Did you remember to use \makeglossaries? Processus terminé avec une ou plusieurs erreurs". I don't compile with LaTeX, but with XeLaTeX. – Bianca Mertens Aug 30 '15 at 6:31
  • F10 is to make Index (that one at the end of books). You have to run Bibliography (bibtex). I think that it is F11 or F12. You can find it at the Commands menu. – Sigur Aug 30 '15 at 6:58
  • Right, thank you. Looks like that wasn't the problem. Any of my .bib files as a single bibliography works fine, but as a multibib nothing is showing. – Bianca Mertens Sep 1 '15 at 6:59

I know it is an old question, but I think the solution was/is that when you normally use bibtex in an environment it compiles the original filename.aux. If you then use mulitbib and create two additional bibtex files:


Then it generates AUX files, that is App.auxand Fish.aux, because of the naming in \newcites. The issue is you then need to "compile" the bib files. If your IDE or environment does not allow you to do it. You can use the commandline/terminal, by simply navigating to the folder and executing bibtex Fish.aux. When you then compile normally to generate your pdf with references, the new references will appear.


If you are using TexMaker you can create a command that will compile everything:

pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|bibtex Fish|bibtex App|pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex|pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

Issue With Cross References

If you see cross referencing between the bibliographies and you are not interested in this you can look at this answer, which solves it for you :)

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