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BibTeX is a tool for LaTeX to manage bibliography databases. It was created by Oren Patashnik[?] and Leslie Lamport in 1985. BibTeX makes it easy to quote sources in a consistent manner.

Bibliography items are split by types. The following types are included by default:

  • article: An article from a journal or magazine.
  • book: A book with an explicit publisher. Required fields: author or editor, title, publisher, year.
  • booklet: A work that is printed and bound, but without a named publisher or sponsoring institution.
  • conference: The same as INPROCEEDINGS, included for Scribe compatibility.
  • inbook: A part of a book, which may be a chapter (or section or whatever) and/or a range of pages.
  • incollection: A part of a book having its own title.
  • inproceedings: An article in a conference proceedings.
  • manual: Technical documentation.
  • mastersthesis: A Masterís thesis.
  • misc: Use this type when nothing else fits.
  • phdthesis: A PhD thesis.
  • proceedings: The proceedings of a conference.
  • techreport: A report published by a school or other institution, usually numbered within a series.
  • unpublished: A document having an author and title, but not formally published.

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