I have many citations in biliography file that I am not using them in the text.

To be more specific, I have a file with name bibliography.bib and contains

@article{first, title={...}, etc}
@book{second, title={.....}, etc}

and so on. However, I am not using all of them in my document. Is there any way to identifying the references that I am not using and remove them? I am using overleaf if that's helpful!

Thank you so much for your help!

  • Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
    – Community Bot
    Aug 29, 2021 at 14:46
  • @Community hope that this is better! Aug 29, 2021 at 14:54
  • WinEdt has a nice macro to generate a minimal bib file from the bbl file
    – Denis
    Aug 29, 2021 at 15:39
  • Why exactly are you worried about unused references? They will not show up your file, after all. That said, I am not aware of a fully automatic method to remove such entries.
    – Ingmar
    Aug 29, 2021 at 15:57
  • Last tab of a reference in Jabref show if it is cited in one or more latex files in the directory. If no cites are found, you can delete the reference. However, I would do first a backup of the whole .bib file, just in case that you remove some reference actually cited.
    – Fran
    Aug 30, 2021 at 1:12


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