# Bibliography code does not run? [duplicate]

Wondering why the reference

\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{Reference}


does not appear in my pdf when I compile it?

Any help appreciated.

• You've provided no useful details in your post. How do you expect anyone to be able to answer without them? Mind-reading? Throwing out wild guesses hoping one sticks? If you want help here, you need to provide details. See How to Ask and [mcve]. – Ken White Oct 27 '17 at 16:29
• you need to run bibtex to generate a bibliography – David Carlisle Oct 27 '17 at 19:49

To discuss the situation we need a minimal working example (MWE) you did not add to your question. Let us start with the following one, copy it to your computer and name it mwe.tex:

\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@Book{Goossens,
author    = {Goossens, Michel and Mittelbach, Frank and
Samarin, Alexander},
title     = {The LaTeX Companion},
edition   = {1},
year      = {1994},
}
title     = {The Restaurant at the End of the Universe},
series    = {The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy},
publisher = {Pan Macmillan},
year      = {1980},
}
\end{filecontents*}

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article}

%\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

\begin{document}

Text~\cite{adams} % citing one bib entry % <============================
\nocite{*}   % all not cited bib entrys are shown in bibliography ...
\bibliographystyle{plain} % <===========================================
\bibliography{\jobname} % to use file created by filecontents ...

\end{document}


Package filecontents is only used to have a bib file and the TeX code together in one compilable MWE.

To get a printed bibliography you need \cite{key} to cite the bib entry key, like:

Text~\cite{adams} % citing one bib entry % <============================


or use \nocite{*} to get all not cited bib entrys printed in your bibliography.

The bibliography style plain defines the layout of the printed bibliography. \nocite{*} % all not cited bib entrys are shown in bibliography ...

To get the MWE compiled you need to follow the compiling chain (open your terminal/console and type the following commands):

pdflatex mwe.tex


to compile mwe.tex and get file mwe.aux we need for the next step:

bibtex mwe.aux


which results in a file mwe.bbl containing the bibliography. Now type

pdflatex mwe.tex
pdflatex mwe.tex


to get the final document like this:

Check the documentation of your used editor how to start pdflatex and bibtex with it.

• Why are you answering the same unclear questions again and again and again? Before it is even clear where tge provlem is? – Johannes_B Oct 28 '17 at 6:09

How does your Reference.bib looks like?

\bibliography{Reference}
Imports the BibTeX file "Reference.bib" to display the bibliography.
To import several .bib files just write them comma-separated inside
the braces, the file extension is not necessary.


example:

@article{einstein,
author =       "Albert Einstein",
title =        "{Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter K{\"o}rper}. ({German})
[{On} the electrodynamics of moving bodies]",
journal =      "Annalen der Physik",
volume =       "322",
number =       "10",
pages =        "891--921",
year =         "1905",
DOI =          "http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/andp.19053221004"
}


run bibtex:

pdflatex document.tex
bibtex Reference
pdflatex document.tex
pdflatex document.tex


references:

• I've copied that code and pasted it into a TeX document but there is still no reference – TheSimpliFire Oct 27 '17 at 16:31
• @TheSimpliFire -- that code isn't meant to be pasted into a tex document. it consists of four commands to be processed from the command line. – barbara beeton Oct 27 '17 at 21:18