I have a Bibliography section which I'd like to split into sections, like this:

  • References
    • Conference and workshop proceedings
      • Reference 1
      • Reference 2
    • Journal articles
      • Reference 3
      • Reference 4
    • Internet Engineering Task Force Request For Comments (IETF RFCs)
      • Reference 5
    • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
      • Reference 6

I use commands such as these to build my references:


end then:

/home/robottinosino$ latex f && bibex f && latex f && latex f

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I take it that all or your bib entries are in a single file, right? If so, have a look at the multibib package. It performs its job by providing separate citation commands to distinguish citations in different bibliographies. It is compatible with the natbib package. In the preamble, you'd issue a series of \newcites commands, such as

\newcites{conf}{Conference and workshop proceedings}
\newcites{journ}{Journal articles}
\newcites{ietf}{Internet Engineering Task Force Request For Comments (IETF RFCs)}
\newcites{apis}{Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)}

In the body of the document, you would use commands such as \citetconf{ref1} and \citepietf{ref2}, where ref1 would be a document to be listed under the heading "Conference and workshop proceedings" and ref2 would be a document to be listed under the heading "Internet Engineering Task Force Request For Comments (IETF RFCs)".

Assuming the bib entries are in a file called myReferences.bib, the bibliographies would be generated by providing commands such as


and so on. The package even lets you assign different bibliography styles to each of the separate bibliographies.

Incidentally, if your bib entries are already located in different bib files (organized by type), you may want to take a look at the bibtopic package as well.

  • Awesome. Thanks! How can I change the style of the heading it produces through \renewcommand{\refname}{Test}. Jul 19, 2012 at 19:27
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    Each time you issue one of the \bibliography<xxxx> commands, a new unnumbered section should be created with the heading (title) defined in the second argument of the corresponding \newcites{<xxxx>}{<Some Title>} macro.
    – Mico
    Jul 19, 2012 at 20:09
  • I guess then the question should be rephrased as "how can I format -that- unnumbered section it auto-generates?". Jul 19, 2012 at 21:08
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    @Robottinosino - which aspects of the formatting of the section header do you wish to modify? There are quite a few parameters; presumably you only need to change a few of them, right?
    – Mico
    Jul 19, 2012 at 21:53
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    Absolutely, correct. Size, emphasis (bold vs plain)... I have tried doing something like \renewcommand{\refnamereferencedproceedings}{\small FIXME} but I don't know how to make FIXME stand for "what the command would normally output here". Perhaps there's a better way.. Jul 19, 2012 at 21:59

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