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I'm new to LaTeX and I was given a rather complex template to use, I'm having trouble to add a reference/bibliography. I'm using Windows 8.1, Miktex for 64 bit and TexStudio. I have the following line in the template preamble:


I've read people use EITHER bibtex or biblatex to add bibliography to a document, whatever those are, but this line includes both bibtex and biblatex. I've created a reference.bib file in the same directory as the main.tex file. The template also has following line near the end and it's giving me "empty bibliography" error.

\printbibliography[heading=bibliography,title={Ном зүй}]

Also, whenever I build the file I get the following warning:

Using fall-back Bibtex(8) backend:(biblatex) functionality maybe reduced/unavailable.

in the blx-bibtex.def file.

And here is my references.bib file's content, it's just a dummy value, I'm not even sure if its syntax is correct

AUTHOR="John Doe",
TITLE="The Book without Title",
PUBLISHER="Dummy Publisher",

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! For the last part of your question, have a look at this tex.stackexchange.com/a/365075/117534, so it's nothing to worry about if you're intending to use Bibtex as a backend. Have a look at this question to get a better understanding of the difference between Bibtex and biblatex (they're different things). – Troy May 1 '17 at 3:55
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    Welcome. "I'm new to LaTeX and I was given a rather complex template to use," This is the worst start you can get. You need to know the basics first. Use the minimal example from here, read this and make a bibliography with the minimal test file. Once that works, go back to your complex template. Or rather use a minimal template. – Johannes_B May 1 '17 at 4:26
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    You can also have a look at bibliographies with biblatex and biber – Johannes_B May 1 '17 at 4:27
  • I'm sorry, but I was given a very specific template, that's why I just can't use minimal/simple example – Taivna May 1 '17 at 4:38
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    If you use the template or not is your decision. But did you get the minimal test file to run? If not, there is no point in looking further into this. – Johannes_B May 1 '17 at 5:39