I'm using multibib to typeset two "bibliographies": references and bibliographies. My supervisors don't want any keys/number in the text nor in the bibliographies section. I'm using \nocite{key} to suppress the key appearance in the text, but this still generates citations keys in the bibliography section. How do I simply insert full citation without a key (inverse of what is printed by the \cite)?


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[1] Citation
[2] Citation

Citation - This one is best to read last.

  • I see, much clearer now. I've updated my answer to address your actual problem. Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 16:36

4 Answers 4


Use whatever bibliography style you're currently using to \cite and render your references section. Then use the bibentry package to generate your bibliography section.

  • I needed numbered style for the "references", but no keys in text and no keys in the style for the "bibliography"
    – Dima
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 16:02
  • Couldn't believe my eyes =) this is exactly what I need!
    – Dima
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 16:55
  • I'm glad it helped :D Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 21:20

I expect that there's a package that would do it better, and I second the suggestion to check natbib. However, if nothing turns up, here's a hack that does it. I copied the definition of the thebibliography environment from article.cls and removed the bit where it prints a label (the empty first argument to the \list{}% line). With two bibliographies, you will probably want to keep the original bibliography environment as well so you should give this one a unique name. If you're using the \bibliography command to import the bibliographies rather than specifying them in the document then you will need to hack one of them to use the new command rather than the original one (unless the multibib thing that you mention does this automatically).


      \@clubpenalty \clubpenalty
       {\@latex@warning{Empty `thebibliography' environment}}%


Michael Barr.
\newblock Coalgebras over a commutative ring.
\newblock {\em J. Algebra}, 32(3):600--610, 1974.

  • woow.. sorry but this is ugly, ugly, ugly. Why do this if other packages already do the work for you? Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 16:31
  • Hmmmm... Looks good but I would prefer if it was a BibTeX style based on IEEEtrans. I know, I'm asking too much =)
    – Dima
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 16:59
  • @Juan A. Navarro: Ugly is in the eye of the beer holder! I could counter with: Why use a package if it's just a minor hack? The package that does this might be huge and load lots of extra code which isn't necessary (imagine using TikZ just to draw a horizontal line). Plus, by seeing how it might be done in "raw" code, someone might get the "TeX bug" and turn from TeX user to TeX hacker! But I do have some sympathy with your position and note my "get out" clause at the beginning. Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 17:24
  • @Dima: I'd need to test to be sure, but this should be independent of BibTeX style since it modifies the bibliography environment, not the style of the BibTeX entries. Try it! Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 17:24
  • I get that. But that's the point that references will look different from bibliography. I want both of them use same bibtex styles (e.g. change on the fly).
    – Dima
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 17:36

Taken from here

On Mar 23 2009, 12:44 pm, Christian Riesch wrote:

I got very helpful replies, especially from Michael Shell. I used this code: \documentclass{article}


% authorpublications
\labelsep 0pt % set left indentation
\def\@biblabel#1{\relax} % turn off biblabels

% "global" bibliography


  • link is broken. Commented Dec 13, 2010 at 17:51

Maybe the jurabib packages/bibstyle together with \nocite for the "bibliography" bibliography provides what you want?

  • I looked trough jurabib. It looks good, but not for my field. I'm using IEEEtrans style for engineering reference style.
    – Dima
    Commented Aug 3, 2010 at 17:00

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