But with the help of the bibliography manager JabRef, things get more simple. It uses the BibTex file format, so the bibliographical databases made with it are compatible with LaTeX. It has a nice online search tool which can populate a bibliography entry with all the information based on ISBN for books or document ID for different papers. And most important it integrates with LibreOffice and OpenOffice, allowing users to insert a bibliography entry with a simple two-click operation.
Both this software packages are free. JabRef needs Java runtime, so it is a cross-platform application. LibreOffice is also cross-platform. On Debian based Linux (like Ubuntu) you can install these packages with:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-writer libreoffice-java-common jabref java-commonNow all you have to do is launch LibreOffice and start a new Writer document. Before connecting with JabRef you need to check if Java is enabled. To do this go to Tools - Options - Advanced and check Use a Java runtime environment. Make sure that a Java installation is detected and checked in the list.
|Enable Java in LibreOffice|
|JabRef can retrieve multiple results of a search. For example this are the results of "atrial fibrillation" search on Medline.|
Be sure to deselect all and select only what you want.
|JabRef database and LibreOffice connection.|
|Select a citation style|
|Cite a source into LibreOffice|
|LibreOffice Writer references from JabRef|
|Document with references|