As part of a literature survey, I have produced an enormous BibTeX file (in Biber dialect) that contains entries (including abstracts) for all the literature of interest. I made liberal use of crossref fields to avoid time-consuming and error-prone repetition of proceedings/book titles, publisher addresses, etc. Those crossreferenced entries that are not of interest to me (except as a source of data) I have marked with dataonly = {true}.

Without manually specifying the keys, how can I print my entire bibliography except for the dataonly = {true} entries?

Here is a minimal non-working example:



  publisher = {Association for Computational Linguistics},
  address = {Stroudsburg, PA},
  dataonly = {true},

  year = 2015,
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 53rd Meeting of the ACL},
  crossref = {acl},
  dataonly = {true},

  year = 2016,
  booktitle = {An Introduction to WordNet},
  editor = {Gary Gnu},
  crossref = {acl},
  dataonly = {true},

  author = {Foo Bar},
  title = {Some article},
  abstract = {Here is the abstract.},
  crossref = {acl2015},

  author = {Quux quuux},
  title = {Why I love {WordNet}},
  abstract = {Another fine abstract.},
  crossref = {wordnet},

% And hundreds more entries...


This prints the following:

A bibliography showing five entries, including the dataonly = {true} ones

However, what I want to display is the following:

A bibliography showing only the two entries not marked as dataonly = {true}

  • Unable to run your code. @Psychonaut – Biki Teron Apr 27 '17 at 15:07
  • @BikiTeron The code should run flawlessly with a current version of both biblatex and Biber. – moewe Apr 27 '17 at 15:08
  • can we run on Texmaker? @Psychonaut – Biki Teron Apr 27 '17 at 15:09

You are halfway there, it's not dataonly = {true}, it's

 options = {dataonly=true},

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