Is there a way to simplify bibtex such that I can decide for myself how each reference shall appear so for example having:

  whatIwanttoappear = {Author, "title", and extra information}

will simply output

[X] Author, "title", and extra information

so that i don't need to stick to the same style for every source and don't need to use the inbuilt versions. Ie: I want to be able to specify what appears in the {} after whatIwanttoappear such that it appears exactly as it is.

Many thanks.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! A tip: If you indent lines by 4 spaces, they'll be marked as a code sample. You can also highlight the code and click the "code" button (with "{}" on it). – Ronny Sep 19 '19 at 13:01
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    No, that is not how bibtex works. The whole idea behind bibtex and biblatex is to separate the data and the formatting including what is or is not shown and why. – daleif Sep 19 '19 at 13:03
  • You can look for styles and how to style the output, for example here tex.stackexchange.com/questions/35040/… – Ronny Sep 19 '19 at 13:03
  • Hello, the reason I am doing this is because I have a very large reference list, but would like them to be ordered in order of occurrence in the text. It would be easier for me to simply copy the references I have already typed up as they are, than to separate the data out. Does anyone know of a style that can incorporate an indefinite amount of inputs in one line and symbols such as quotation marks? – user197762 Sep 19 '19 at 13:19
  • This person has found a solution without bibtex to sort items in order of appearance that currently works for me: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/458422/… – user197762 Sep 19 '19 at 13:42

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