The RefTeX manual clearly describes how to mark multiple entries in a search buffer an insert them into a single \cite command, but how can you get the search buffer to contain results from multiple search terms?

For example, if I want to cite two books with different authors I need to use two different search terms to find the entries in my BibTEX database but I want them to appear in the same cite command I need them to be in the same search buffer. I have tried regular expressions like author1|author2 and author1,author2.

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Searching for Author1\|Author2 works for me.

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    Thank you! I didn't think of the escape character. Is this syntax documented somewhere?
    – godbolt
    Aug 28, 2012 at 14:36
  • Yes, indirectly. The help for reftex-citations mentions that it accepts a regular expression. Emacs' flavour of regular expressions is documented in the manual; section 15.6 "Backslash in Regular Expressions" mentions the syntax for alternatives.
    – anonymous
    Aug 28, 2012 at 18:00

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