Winedt Bibtex Bibliography

BibTEX
(bibMacros 3.2)

Description

This set of macros assists you in editing and managing BibTEX files. It comes with two interfaces: Either a Popup Menu or a Main Menu. Both contain the following commands:

The macros are easily configurable by editing one global configuration file (you don't have to know (almost) anything about WinEdt's macro language).
You can customize, e.g.:

  • how the entries should be aligned and formatted;
  • whether you want brackets or quotes around field values;
  • how the key shall be generated;
  • which fields shall be proposed as new fields;
  • which fields shall be put in new entry templates.
  • Furthermore, you can define all options locally for bibliography files.

In a nutshell: It's a powerful set of macros.

Installation Instructions

Unzip the file in %b\Macros\LaTeX\ and execute the macro _Install.edt to install the menus.

The file bibMacros.pdf explains all commands and shows you how to configure the macros, should you not be satisfied with the defaults.

Download

For WinEdt 5: bibMacros_5.zip [291 KB]

(For WinEdt versions older than 5.5, you need the MUI plug-in for the Sort Bibliography and Find Entry commands. You can download it here.)

For WinEdt 7.x, 8.x, 9.x: bibMacros_7.zip [436 KB] 

bibMacros.pdf [493 KB] (also included in zip file)

Package contributed by Robert <w.m.lgmx.net>.

BibTex using LaTeX2e in WinEdt (for Morons like myself)

I had the most unfortunate time trying to figure out how to use BibTex in WinEdt. Websites were great (for example, check outGetting to Grips with Latex - Bibliography Management), but none specifically dealt with how to use WinEdt.

If you want to run this with a specific example download these into a dummy folder:

The file "bibfile.bib" contains a list of entries. To make an entry, you.ll need a type (article, book, etc.) followed by a bunch of information about it. Examples are in "bibfile.bib" or you can check out almost any other page on BibTex. A list of all types of entries is downloadable as a pdf here.

Once you have your bibliography file in order, you can move on to working in your actual TeX file. The TeX file is an example that has citations and uses BibTex. (this is what I was working on when I need to use BibTex, sort of a list of everything I needed to know about Minimal Surfaces.) At the end (where you want your bibliography to go) you.ll need to insert the following two commands:

      \bibliographystyle{plain}
      \bibliography{bibfile}

\bibliographystyle{plain} specifies the type of style you want (in this case plain). Click here for examples of styles. In the \bibliography slot, you want to enter the file name of your BibTex file without the .bib at the end. You'll also need to add citations to your document. In the example, the command is "\cite{citation}" . The entry citation should be the citation your using, for example, my first citation is in the form "\cite{coldingminicozzi1999}"


We're almost done. Now that everything is set up to render, while you're in the TeX file, hit the following key combinations:

  1. CTL-SHIFT-L
  2. CTL-SHIFT-B
  3. CTL-SHIFT-L
  4. CTL-SHIFT-L

And you're done! Here's what happened:

  1. CTL-SHIFT-L runs LaTeX2e. Since the program is designed to work with BibTeX, and you have used the code in your TeX file, it generates a file called "example.aux" which contains all of the citations which you used in the document.
  2. CTL-SHIFT-B runs BibTeX. This searches for the ".aux" file, searches your BibTeX file for the relevant citations, and creates a file called "example.bbl". This file contains all needed information for the works you cited in the TeX file.
  3. Runs LaTeX2e again. With the bibliography file (example.bbl) in the directory, LaTeX can correctly create the bibliography inside the document.
  4. Runs LaTeX2e once more to make sure all of the references match up.

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