## LaTeX forum ⇒ BibTeX, biblatex and biber ⇒ How to make a bibliography with BibLaTeX

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Pjossemannen
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### How to make a bibliography with BibLaTeX

Hi everyone,

I have just started writing my thesis in linguistics and have just been persuaded to do so in LaTeX. Having spent some days on youtube and reading tutorials and tips on the net, I have a fairly vague grasp of the general mechanisms. But I am quite sure I will be posting frequently here for the next three years or so...

Here's my first question: How do I make a bibliography in LaTeX? So, I have installd the package biblatex and I have read some tutorials on how to use it. The commands and everything seems simple enough. Here is one such tutorial: https://www.sharelatex.com/learn/Biblio ... raphy_file

The problem is it says (and everyone else) that I should use the command: \addbibresource and then add a bib.file. There is even an example of what such a file looks like: https://www.sharelatex.com/project/5695 ... c80daef302

However, I have no clue how to do this. I guess this file is something I must make for myself, once, and then have the BibLaTeX package get references directly from there. Am I wrong? But how do I create such a file and where should I place it?

Or am I completely lost altogether?

Any help would be welcome!

PS: I saw there have been fairly similar topics, but they didn't seem to ask the exact same question, so I posted afresh. Let me know if that's against the customs here.

Johannes_B
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Welcome, using biblatex is a very good choice.

Right now, i don't have much time. I will just point you to some references that should answer all your biblatex/bibliography needs.

The idea of using a database is not new, to good sources to understand how things work are:
LaTeX for complet novices (i guess you will figure out which sections are relevant? )
Question mark instead of citation number.

When working with biblatex, you will be interested in:
Using LaTeX to write a PhD-Thesis
and How to configure my editor to use biber

If you have any remaining questin, just fire them at us.
The smart way: Calm down and take a deep breath, read posts and provided links attentively, try to understand and ask if necessary.

Pjossemannen
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Thanks a lot, Johannes B.

I will lok at the stuff you sent me, but in the meantime I will try to be more specific about my query: I am running Windows 8 (probably not relevant), my LaTeX sits on MikTeX 2.9 but I am using Winedt 9 as editor. I want to learn how to make a bibliography for my upcoming thesis. I am using the biblatex package, and I have also loaded the biber package.

In the preamble, I use the commands \usepackage[backend=biber]{biblatex} and \addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib}, which is the "default" bibliography that came with the biblatex package (located in a directory under MikteX 2.9/bibtex/etx.) In the document, I use the commande \cite{aristotle1968} and at before I end the document, I use \printbibliography.

I can LaTeX this with some warnings, but I doesn't BibTeX. It gives me the following error messages: I found no \citation commands---while reading file test.aux I found no \bibdata command---while reading file test.aux I found no \bibstyle command---while reading file test.aux (There were 3 error messages)

What is wrong? I saw a guy who had the exact same problem here: BibTex error: Can't find any citations, bibdata or bibstyle

But the solution that worked for him, that is specifying the [backend=biber] in the preamble, does not work for me.

Johannes_B
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I can copy and paste the relevant parts of the linked behaviour, or rewrite what is already written. But how does that help?

Anyway: Crosspost
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