Bibtex: multiple source files/databases

If you have more than one *.bib file that you want to include in a document, for example, if there is a group database and you have your own personal one, simply do this:


Do not repeat the bibliography command because the first file only will be used, and that bibliography will be displayed the number of times that you call the command:


This will display the cited references only from ‘master_bib_file’, but twice. This opposes what some other sources say, which state that the latter method will work.

Note that this is different to having multiple bibliographies in one document (all references might still be contained in the source file); see multiple bibliographies at CTAN for how to do this.

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