ABOUT The biblatex package is a complete reimplementation of the bibliographic facilities provided by LaTeX. A custom backend "biber" by default is used which processed the BibTeX format data files and them performs all sorting, label generation (and a great deal more). Legacy BibTeX is also supported as a backend, albeit with a reduced feature set. Biblatex does not use the backend to format the bibliography information as with traditional BibTeX: instead of being implemented in BibTeX's style files, the formatting of the bibliography is entirely controlled by TeX macros. Good working knowledge in LaTeX should be sufficient to design new bibliography and citation styles. There is no need to learn BibTeX's postfix stack language. Just like the bibliography styles, all citation commands may be freely (re)defined. Apart from the features unique to biblatex, the package also incorporates core features of the following packages: babelbib, backref, bibtopic, bibunits, chapterbib, cite, citeref, inlinebib, mlbib, multibib, natbib, splitbib. There are also some conceptual parallels to the amsrefs package. The biblatex package supports split bibliographies, multiple bibliographies within one document, and separate lists of bibliographic shorthands. Bibliographies may be subdivided into parts (by chapter, by section, etc.) and/or segmented by topics (by type, by keyword, etc.). With biber as the backend, features such as customisable sorting, multiple bibliographies with different sorting, customisable labels, dynamic data modification are available. The package is fully localized and can interface with the babel package. LICENSE Copyright (c) 2006-2012 Philipp Lehman, 2012-present Philip Lehman, Joseph Wright, Audrey Boruvka, Philip Kime). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this software under the terms of the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), version 1.3. This software is provided 'as is', without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. FEEDBACK Please use the biblatex project page on github to report bugs or submit feature requests: http://github.com/plk/biblatex REQUIREMENTS Strictly required: - e-TeX - BibTeX, bibtex8, or Biber - etoolbox 2.1 or later - logreq 1.0 or later - keyval - ifthen - url Strongly recommended: - Biber - babel/polyglossia - csquotes 4.4 or later Biber is available from CTAN, via TeXLive or from http://sourceforge.net/projects/biblatex-biber/ AUTOMATIC INSTALLATION TeX Live: The biblatex package is included in TeX Live. Use the TeX Live package manager to install it. Biber can also be installed with the package manager. MiKTeX: The biblatex package is included in MiKTeX. Use the MiKTeX package manager to install it. Biber can also be installed with the package manager. SEMI-AUTOMATIC INSTALLATION 1. Get the file biblatex-<version>.tds.zip from http://sourceforge.net/projects/biblatex/files/ 2. Unpack the archive in the root directory of the local TeX installation tree, for example /usr/local/share/texmf/ or /usr/share/texmf-local/ or C:\Local TeX Files\ 3. Update the file hash tables (also known as the file name database). On teTeX and TeX Live systems, run texhash as root ('sudo texhash'). On MiKTeX, run 'initexmf --update-fndb' in a command window or use the 'Refresh FNDB' button of the MiKTeX Options window. MANUAL INSTALLATION 1. Get the file biblatex-<version>.tar.gz from http://sourceforge.net/projects/biblatex/files/ or download the file http://mirror.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/biblatex.zip 2. Unpack the archive in a temporary working directory. 3. Copy all files and subdirectories in the 'latex' directory to: <texmflocal>/tex/latex/biblatex/ where <texmflocal> denotes the root of the local TeX installation tree, for example /usr/local/share/texmf/ or /usr/share/texmf-local/ or C:\Local TeX Files\ 4. Copy all files in the 'bibtex/bst' subdirectory to: <texmflocal>/bibtex/bst/biblatex/ 5. Copy all files in the 'bibtex/bib' subdirectory to: <texmflocal>/bibtex/bib/biblatex/ 6. If you are using bibtex8, copy all files in the 'bibtex/csf' subdirectory to: <texmflocal>/bibtex/csf/biblatex/ 7. The manual and example files in 'doc' subdirectory go to <texmflocal>/doc/latex/biblatex/ 8. Update the file hash tables (also known as the file name database). On teTeX and TeX Live systems, run texhash as root ('sudo texhash'). On MiKTeX, run 'initexmf --update-fndb' in a command window or use the 'Refresh FNDB' button of the MiKTeX Options window. Note that you may have to create some or all of the above directories if this is the first package you're installing locally (as opposed to via a package manager). USAGE Refer to biblatex.pdf for a systematic reference manual and to the 'doc/examples' subdirectory for usage examples. CHANGES A list of changes relevant to users of this package is included at the end of 'biblatex.pdf'. See also the release notes in 'CHANGES.org'.
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