I have a problem with citing and displaying the correct .bib content when using \printbibliography. I have the following

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper, twoside]{report}


While my .bib file looks like this.

title = {{Rostee Preliminary Report}},
year = {2018},
author = {Ottersland, Martin},
pages = {19},
url = {https://something/otherthing/lastthing/someindex.extension},
institution = {University of Agder},
address = {Grimstad}

I call \printbibliography[title={Sources}] to print my sources with a new title name, there are no \cites in the document, so sources should print blank. But instead the printed result looks like this:

[1]I. G. 2012. (2012). Section of cancer surveillance, [Online]. 
Available:http : / /globocan.iarc.fr/Pages/fact_sheets_cancer.aspx.

First of this reference does not exist in my .bib, and I do not know why it is there. What am I doing wrong? The path and name for the .bib file is in order, as well as the import....

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    That's strange. There is probably something in your settings you are not considering. I'll suggest you try to produce a MWE/ MWEB that reproduces the issue. Likely, you will figure out in the process what the problem is. If not, we will stand a better chance of being able to help you. – gusbrs Mar 21 '18 at 13:39
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    Try deleting all the auxiliary files (.bbl, .aux, ...) and recompile. – Torbjørn T. Mar 21 '18 at 15:22
  • @TorbjørnT. That solved everything, you should post it as a solution so i can give you a vote. – SlyOtis Mar 21 '18 at 16:33

\printbibliography will print the information available in the .bbl file, which is generated by biber. What you describe indicates that you have an old .bbl file lying around, from a time when your document did have a citation.

So to fix it, do one of two things:

  1. Delete the .bbl file.
  2. Re-run biber, so the bbl file is rewritten.
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