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Opening BIB files

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What is a BIB file?

The .bib file extension is primarily associated with files utilized in BibTeX Bibliography Database. BIB file is a text document containing a list of references formatted using BibTeX formatting. Files with .bib extension are often used in creating bibliographies with LaTex typesetting system. It also used in allowing bibliographies to be searched and published using standard commands.

BibTeX is used as reference management software for formatting various lists of references. It eases citation of sources in a consistent manner by separating bibliographic information from the form of the information. The process is quite similar to the separation of content and presentation/style that is supported by LaTeX.

BibTeX files may include, but is not limited to bibliographies for books, articles, research papers, and tech reports. BibTeX files can be viewed and managed on multiple computer systems, but the formatting is standard across all platforms. BIB files are text files that can be opened and modified using MikTeX, JabRef, TeXnic Center and MacroMates TextMate.

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About File Extension BIB

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