LaTeX and BibTeX Overview

Below on the left is a Latex markup document, with the formatted result on the right.

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BibTeX is an application of LateX that makes the job of creating footnotes, bibliographies, and reference lists more straightforward. You can build a database of citations for all the articles, websites, books, etc. that you are using for your research project, for easy formatting and inserting in a LaTeX document and more easily format citations with multlingual characters, formulas and equations.  BibTex has a built-in style for AMS (American Mathematical Society) citations.

Use the BibTeX button in Scholar OneSearch or MathSciNet to get a bibTex-formatted citation.  For example:

Lee, Kyungyong, Li Li, and Andrei Zelevinsky, Positivity and Tameness in Rank 2 Cluster Algebras, Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics 40 (2014), no. 3, 823-40, DOI: 10.1007/s10801-014-0509-6.

Will look like this in BibTex:

author = {Lee, Kyungyong and Li, Li and Zelevinsky, Andrei},
journal = {Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics},
pages = {823--840},
volume = {40},
number = {3},
year = {2014},
title = {Positivity and tameness in rank 2 cluster algebras},
DOI = {10.1016/j.aim.2016.03.022},


In Scholar OneSearch, click the "Export BibTex" button.

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Scholar OneSearch box with export reference highlighted


In MathScinet, click Export BibTex dropdown

Citing with BibTeX and LaTeX

LaTeX is open source software that allows you to create professionally-rendered files that incorporate mathematical symbols, equations and formulas, which can be difficult to do with standard word processors such as Microsoft Word. BibTeX is an add-on to LaTeX that helps you manage your references. Here are some resources to help you get started with these tools:

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