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I am using the template of the my department. Here is the part of the latex code:

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\chapter{Conclusion}
\input{conclusion.tex}
% References in Bibtex format goes into below indicated file with .bib extension
\bibliography{thesis_references}
% You can use full name of authors, however most likely some of the Bibtex entries you will find, will use abbreviated first names
% If you don't want to correct each of them by hand, you can use abbreviated style for all of the references

\bibliographystyle{abbrv}
\appendix
%
% If you are a Ph.D. Student you need to insert a CV at the end of you thesis
% Check vita.tex for a simple CV template in Latex
\input{vita.tex}
\end{document}

I added the all chapters creating the different .tex files and using the input comment. I don't want to change the template dramatically but need to add references. How can I fix the problem? Thanks

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    Welcome to TeX SX! What is exactly the problem? The code fragment you show us should work, normally. – Bernard Dec 24 '17 at 23:13
  • I dont know how will I add the references. For the chapters I created .tex files. For the references should I create .bib file or just write on here? – user8151324 Dec 24 '17 at 23:29
  • Please tell us if your bib entries are contained in a file called thesis_references.bib (note the ".bib" extension). In addition, please tell us if you have any \cite instructions in any parts of the main body of your dissertation. Finally, assuming (say) that the main tex file is called main.tex, do tell us if you run latex main, bibatex main, followed by latex main twice more. – Mico Dec 24 '17 at 23:30
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    It's better to create a .bib. JabRef can help you do it without syntax errors. – Bernard Dec 24 '17 at 23:32
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    You should definitely make the (fairly minor) effort to learn the basics of BibTeX. Only by using a software tool such as BibTeX will you be assured that (a) every citation call-out in the body of the text will correspond to a formatted bibliographic entry and (b) there will no redundant entries in the formatted bibliography, i.e., formatted entries that aren't cited anywhere in the document. – Mico Dec 24 '17 at 23:32

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