Texstudio Compile Bibliography Generator

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What is BibTex?

BibTex is a tool and a file format which are used to describe and process lists of references, mostly in conjunction with LaTeX documents.

  • —BibTex stores all references in a plain text database external to a LaTex document.
  • —References in a BibTex database can be cited in a LaTex document
  • Bibliography can be created in many styles
  • —BibTex files have a file extension .bib

More information about BibTex can be found: http://www.bibtex.org

General BibTex database entry format:

@ReferenceType{BibTexKey,
  FieldName={field content},
  ...
 }

A sample BibTex database entry:

@Article{Chishtie2008,
  Title      = {Renormalization group determination of the five-loop effective potential for massless scalar field theory},
  Author    = {Chishtie, F.A. and McKeon, D.G.C. and Steele, T.G.},
  Journal    = {Canadian Journal of Physics},
  Year        ={2008},
  Volume    = {86},
  Number   = {4},
  Pages      = {623-627},
 }

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saudiwin
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TexStudio won't compile bib files

Postby saudiwin » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:17 pm

Hello Texperts,

I use TexStudio on Windows 7 and have MikTeX installed as the LaTeX distribution. Per the advice that I read elsewhere online, I set up my own texmf directory and added it to the MikTeX configuration file so that I can use one standard .bib file across LaTeX files. The reason I did this is because it was too hard to come up with a filename path that did not have spaces due to folder names on Windows.

The odd thing is, any file will compile with TexWorks (from the MikTex distribution) and include the proper references and generate a file for the file. However, when I try the same action in TexStudio it fails to generate any Bibtex references (the output shows question marks instead of references). When I scan the log I find warnings that the references are empty but I don't see any errors regarding the reference. The code I am using is:



and the file is located in a filepath .

Once I compile the file with TeXWorks and generate a file, I can go back and edit the file further in TeXStudio and it will compile just fine. But TeXStudio can't seem to generate the file on its own, which seems a bit of a mystery as it is using the same backend for compiling. I can't find any details in the log to provide a clue, either. All I can get is this:

  1. Package natbib Warning: Citation `Weyland2012' on page 1 undefined on input lin
  2. Package natbib Warning: Citation `kuran1989sparks' on page 1 undefined on input
  3. Package natbib Warning: Citation `Howard2011' on page 1 undefined on input line
  4. Package natbib Warning: Citation `olson2009logic' on page 1 undefined on input
  5. No file Pre-proposalV2.bbl.
  6. Package natbib Warning: There were undefined citations.
Last edited by cgnieder on Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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