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.BIB File Extension

File Type 1Bibliography Document

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CategoryText Files


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What is a BIB file?

Bibliography saved in ASCII text format; contains a list of references cited within an article, book, or other publication.

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Updated 2006

File Type 2BibTeX Bibliography Database

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CategoryText Files


This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

.BIB File Association 2

A BIB file is a text document created by a LaTeX program such as MiKTeX or TeXworks. It contains a list of references formatted using BibTeX formatting. BIB files allow bibliographies to be searched and published using standard commands and are often used in combination with LaTeX (.TEX) documents.

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BIB file open in TeXworks 0.6

BibTeX files may include bibliographies for books, articles, research papers, tech reports, etc. A sample BIB file entry may be formatted as follows:

@BOOK{citation key,

AUTHOR = "Author name",
TITLE = "Title of book",
PUBLISHER = {Name of publisher},
ADDRESS = {Location published}      }
BibTeX files can be viewed and managed on multiple computer systems, but the formatting is standard across all platforms.

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Updated 1/18/2017

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