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Bibliographic Referencing Software


LaTeX, usually used in conjunction with BibTeX, is a typesetting system for document preparation. It is suitable for complex mathematical formulas, chemistry, engineering, multilingual typesetting, artwork, diagrams and process or spot colour. LaTeX is enabled to include BibTeX-bibliographies in Word documents using third party tools and is available as free software. Other TeX-based systems such as ConTeXt also use BibTeX for citations and reference lists.

BibTeX allows you to store the details of references in separate files which can then be linked to a LaTeX document. BibTeX files are plain text and usually end in .bib. 

Manual referencing with BibTeX

Using BibTeX with reference management tools

Guides, support and further reading

Library resources

MQ TeX Users Group

The Macquarie University TEX Users group is for all students, staff, researchers, and interested folk wanting to learn, enjoy, and help others with publishing documents. We help people at MQ to publish professional and academic assignments, documents, and journal articles. We explore the technologies of Markdown, LATEX , Overleaf, ConTEXt, and Pandoc.


You can find information about meeting times at the website below

Join us on Slack.


Overleaf logo

Overleaf is a collaborative, online LaTeX editor, designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as Mendeley, Git and to best fit into your workflow. 

Macquarie University Library provides Overleaf Pro+ accounts for all students and staff. 

Sign up for your account, using your MQ email address, here: 

BibTeX files are easily integrated with your Overleaf documents. See the video below for more information.