[OS X TeX] Miscellaneous Questions

Alan T Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Mon Nov 29 19:55:52 CET 2010

We assume you have in-text citations that point correctly to the  
references in your bib file.

When you say that your references do not show up what do you mean,  
that there are no in-text citations or now references list?
What have you included as the bibliography style and what formats for  
the citations?
What did you put into the preamble to tell LaTeX what bib-style you  
are using?
Assuming you done these things you will probably have received error  
messages when you ran LaTeX, what are they?
How many times did you run LaTeX, did you LaTeX -> BiBTeX -> LaTeX ->  


On 30/11/2010, at 7:43 AM, KHALID NADIRI wrote:

> Thanks Alan.  I've created a BibTex bibliography via BibDesk and  
> have exported it to the folder where my article is saved.  When I  
> try to run the BibTex file in my LaTeX file using the  
> \bibliography{bib file name} command, my references do not show up.   
> Any idea what might be going on here? I've tried re-running the  
> LaTeX file several times to make sure the BibTex file is compiling  
> properly.
> Thanks,
> Khalid
> On Nov 29, 2010, at 1:03 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
>> On Nov 29, 2010, at 12:58 PM, KHALID NADIRI wrote:
>>> Hey everyone,
>>> LaTex novice here.  Have a few very basic questions.  Any help  
>>> would be much appreciated.
>>> 1. Does one have to download BibTex in addition to BibDesk? BibTex  
>>> does not come with the full MacTex package, correct?
>> No, bibtex is part of your TeXLive distribution. (MacTeX) so you  
>> don't have to download anything else. BiBDesk is a bibliography  
>> management system which is (more or less) independent of bibtex  
>> (although it does assume you have it for doing previews etc.).
>>> 2. If I wanted to change the item and paragraph spacing in a list  
>>> per the syntax below, but wanted to specify different symbols for  
>>> the labels of each item and sub-item (e.g., filled-in bullets for  
>>> one item, open bullets for a sub-item, etc.), how would I change  
>>> the syntax below?
>>> \renewenvironment{itemize}{
>>> \begin{list}{}{
>>>   \setlength{\leftmargin}{1.5em}
>>>   \setlength{\itemsep}{0.25em}
>>>   \setlength{\parskip}{0pt}
>>>   \setlength{\parsep}{0.25em}
>>> }
>>> }{
>>> \end{list}
>>> }
>> The best way to do this is to use the enumitem package, which  
>> allows easy customization of all list parameters.  If you are using  
>> TeXShop as your editor, you can find the package documentation by  
>> using the "Show Help For Package" menu item in the Help menu.

Alan T Litchfield
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