# bibdb: A database based bibliography manager for BibTeX

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bibdb is a simple citation resolver and bibliography manager for BibTeX. Instead of manually copy pasting bibliographies, you specify a reference to the work you want to cite (by providing a DOI or a DBLP key, for example) in a simple domain specific language. bibdb is then responsible for fetching the citations, renaming them, removing duplicates, and sorting them properly. For more information, see the https://github.com/cacay/bibdb.

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# bibdb

bibdb is a simple citation resolver and bibliography manager for BibTeX. Instead of manually copy pasting bibliographies, you specify a reference to the work you want to cite (by providing a DOI or a DBLP key, for example) in a simple domain specific language. bibdb is then responsible for fetching the citations, renaming them, removing duplicates, and sorting them properly (to handle cross-references).

# Usage

A bibdb file might look like the following:

-- Papers
DBLP:books/aw/Knuth68
DBLP:conf/fossacs/PfenningG15 as PfenningG15
DOI:10.1145/800157.805047 as Cook71

-- Conferences
DBLP:conf/popl/2016 as Popl16


Note how we can use comments (with -- or {- ... -}) and rename references using as. References without an explicit name inherit the source address. For example, the first reference will have the name DBLP:books/aw/Knuth68 in the generated bibliography file. After we create the file, we invoke bibdb:

bibdb references.bibdb -o references.bib


(here, we assume the file is named references.bibdb). bibdb can generate compressed citations or full citations with cross-references where available. For more information on the allowed commands, see bibdb --help.

# Comparison to Similar Tools

• dblp is a command line tool that parses a TeX file and resolves all references to DBLP. This makes it unnecessary to maintain a separate file. However, dblp cannot resolve other types of references, and it gives no way to rename them.

• citation-resolve is a package for resolving citations. It can handle more types of references but it is not a tool on its own. We might use it internally in the future.

# Language Specification

bibdb files have a very simple grammar. -- is used for single line comments and {- ... -} for multi-line nested comments. Each entry is of the form <source-type> : <source-key> [as <name>]. A file is simply a list of entries.

Currently, <source-type> can only be DBLP or DOI. We may add more in the future.