# Transfering References from MS-Word to LaTeX Bibliography

I have some references (not in bibliography format, but made manualy IEEE-style) that I need to transfer from Word to LaTeX. How can I achieve this? I am using IEEEtrans class. A sample code below

\documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran}
\begin{document}
\bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}

\begin{thebibliography}{2}
\bibitem{IEEEhowto:hans1}
N.~Name, "The M.Sc. Thesis Titles in quotation", M.Sc. Thesis, Y University, ISBN, City, Country, Year.
\bibitem{IEEEhowto:hans2}
R.~Name, "The PhD Thesis Titles in quotation", PhD Thesis, Y University, ISBN, City, Country, Year.

\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}

• 9 references in the reference section of my word document, made IEEE-style. I don't use any other TeX file i.e. a bib file. I have it inside my main IEEEtrans class document. I tried some online word to latex reference converters alike below, but doesn't work properly: snowelm.com/~t/doc/tips/makebib.en.html – Hans Sep 28 '15 at 22:37
• how can I implement it e.g. for the above script? – Hans Sep 28 '15 at 22:43
• I prefer to copy, paste the references from word to LaTeX as well since it is only 9, but the problem is I can't make the quotation marks even with \say{x} in the bibliography. how to achieve that? can you modify above code showing me how to use quotes alike? – Hans Sep 28 '15 at 22:52
• Or just use two backticks for the opening quotation marks and two straight quotes for the closing quotation marks. For English, LaTeX will turn these into open and closing double quotation marks. csquotes is nice and what I use, although I use it with active quotes instead of \enquote{...} which obscures the source too much for my taste. – cfr Sep 28 '15 at 23:50
• @cfr what is active quote command? – Hans Sep 28 '15 at 23:53

## 2 Answers

With the following mwe you can see how to use package csquotes and the command \enquote to use the standard quotion mark or \foreignquote{english}{text} to quote text with english quotationmarks.

MWE:

\documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran}

\usepackage[english,ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage[autostyle,german=guillemets]{csquotes}

\begin{document}
\bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}

\begin{thebibliography}{2}
\bibitem{IEEEhowto:hans1}
N.~Name, \enquote{The M.Sc. Thesis Titles in quotation}, M.Sc. Thesis, Y University, ISBN, City, Country, Year.
\bibitem{IEEEhowto:hans2}
R.~Name, \foreignquote{english}{The PhD Thesis Titles in quotation}, PhD Thesis, Y University, ISBN, City, Country, Year.

\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}


There may be several ways to achieve this. As a starter kit:

• As your MWE indicates, your references are already formatted some way. Try "text2bib", either locally (from CTAN) or from the developper's dedicated website.
• If you have a large number of references and the original publications (like publications in journals) as a pdf file, let upload/past them into a literature reference managment software capable to i) fetch the bibliographic data and ii) export a *.bib file in either BibTeX or BibLaTeX dialect.
For publications already saved on your computer, a local installation of Jabref, or browser based solution Mendeley comes to my mind here. Based on doi, zotero may fetch the bibliographic data for already saved papers, and assist in building your literature data base while accessing new publications, too.
• thanks fot the info. As I commented to @Kurt: I prefer to copy, paste the references from word to LaTeX since it is only 9, but the problem is I can't make the quotation marks even with \say{x} in the bibliography. how to achieve that? can you modify above code showing me how to use quotes alike? – Hans Sep 28 '15 at 23:02
• Kurt comment to my post has solved the quotation issue. – Hans Sep 28 '15 at 23:50