dustdevil wrote:Flay me but I'm not using LaTeX. Elaborate? What style does BibTeX use?
mhazelm wrote:Oh, wait a second, if you're not already using LaTeX, then you will also need to figure that out. I was thinking you just needed help with BibTeX.
So you use LaTeX to write your document - you put in the text and math and whatever - and then it formats it all for you and compiles it into a nice looking document. The idea is that you, as the scientist/writer/whatever, shouldn't be spending your precious time swearing at Microsoft Word as it randomly moves your figures around, indents things when they shouldn't be, and have to go into the equation editor to add math stuff, which looks kind of funny and is always sized wrong. Instead you put in your text (just basic text, no formatting) and tell LaTeX how you want it to be structured. There's a bit of a learning curve as you must pick up the syntax, but it's not too bad if you have a couple of sample documents handy (you can use them for picking it up as you go, and your LaTeX vocabulary increases quickly).
Your life writing any sort of lengthy document will probably vastly improve if you switch to this from a word processor. Namely, you won't swear as much, and whatever you write (esp. anything with any sort of mathematical expression) will look glorious. Feel free to PM me if you need help with it; I'm not an expert, but I can help you get unstuck with the basics. I can also send you some samples to work with.
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