Tex is really powerful as far as managing a bibliographic citation database – using the bibtex format.
A nice tutorial is hosted here.
The really weird part – multi-pass compiling your document with references.
To fully compile and cross-link references on must repeat some commands, in order to obtain several auxiliary files that will compile the references in the final tex file. I borrowed this neat table from the tutorial in order to help those in a time of need. Take a look…
|to create filemydocument.dvi:||to create filemydocument.pdf:||result of command:|
|1||latex mydocument||pdflatex mydocument||creates .aux file which includes keywords of any citations|
|2||bibtex mydocument||bibtex mydocument||uses the .aux file to extract cited publications from the database in the .bib file, formats them according to the indicated style, and puts the results into in a .bbl file|
|3||latex mydocument||pdflatex mydocument||inserts appropriate reference indicators at each point of citation, according to the indicated bibliography style|
|4||latex mydocument||pdflatex mydocument||refines citation references and other cross-references, page formatting and page numbers|
Really simple right?