[texhax] Help on BibTex

Axel E. Retif axel.retif at mac.com
Wed Jan 30 09:10:24 CET 2008

On  29 Jan, 2008, at 16:41, Lilian Teixeira wrote:

> Hi!
> My name is Lilian and I am using LATEX for the first time.

Congratulations! It may seem difficult at first (well ---it *is*  
difficult), but you'll be rewarded.

> I have to write an article for "Lecture Notes in Computer Science"  
> and  I really cannot understand how to use the BibTex.
> I have some questions:
> 1. I have the file llncsdoc.sty - how do I use it?

You have to tell us what distribution you're using (TeXLive? MikTeX?)  
to tell you where to put the file, but for the time being you can put  
it in the same folder/directory as your LaTeX document and, in your  
preamble (between \documentclass{...} and \begin{document} put  

Whether you're using TeXLive or MikTeX, at the command prompt type

texdoc lshort

and hit <enter>. If you're using MikTeX, see also the MikTeX Manual.

Also, you can consult the BibTeX documentation with

texdoc btxdoc

You can find a wealth of information at


including references to BibTeX as well as Windows applications to  
manage your BibTeX databases.

See also the excellent TUG India tutorials:


> 2. I am using the TeXnicCenter and I cannot find any BibTex icon.  
> What should I do?

Under the menu Build you'll find BibTeX.

> 3. Should I install BibTex first?

If you installed MikTeX or TeXLive, BibTeX is already installed.

> 4. I am using Windows, so which is the best way of typing my  
> references?

See under BibTeX at


> 5. I have a model provided by the LNCS where I find the following:
> \section{BibTeX Entries}
> The correct BibTeX entries for the Lecture Notes in Computer Science
> volumes can be found at the following Website shortly after the
> publication of the book:
> \url{http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/journals/lncs.html}
> Can it help me somehow?

Yes ---click on any volume, and on any work click in the BibTeX link  
to see how the entry was produced.



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