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New to BibTeX/LaTeX. Need help making basic file.

Postby sophiafreaney » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:36 am

So I'm new to BibTeX and LaTeX in general.

I'm making a document which requires a "References" page and in-text citations. All of the sources I am using are websites. I am using the SageMath cloud to create the file which I am sharing with my collaborators. I have gone to multiple websites which explain how to write the initial code in BibTeX but I do not understand how the file is created in the first place.

1. How do I begin making the .bib file in SageMath and/or do I have to make one in the first place? The end product must be in the version of a single pdf, so I am confused as to how I combine and/or link .tex and .bib files.

2. How do I cite url's so that they can both be linked with the in-text citations and the hyperlinks themselves will work?

Any help on this topic would be most appreciated :)


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Postby Johannes_B » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:05 pm


you are asking quite a bit here. I myself don't know what Sagemath is and a link would be nice.

How a bibliography can be done with LaTeX is explained in many places, and wrong (not ideal) in many places.

I can recommend the resources by Nicola Talbot: LaTeX for complete novices and Using LaTeX to Write a PhD thesis.

The second book explains in great detail the bibliography generation using modern biblatex.

You are collaborating with others, they might still use the older BibTeX ... I don't know.
The smart way: Calm down and take a deep breath, read posts and provided links attentively, try to understand and ask if necessary.

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Postby sophiafreaney » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:15 pm

Your first link taught me how to make url Bibliographies without using a .bib file. Thank you!

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