LaTeX is a typesetting program that converts plain-text files to a formatted .tex source file based on the commands in the plain-text file. LaTeX is widely used in writing technical papers in computer science and engineering due to its ability to represent mathematical and other characters.
BibTeX is a bibliographic tool that can be used with LaTeX to organize references and create a bibliography. The user creates a bibliography file (.bib) that is separate from the LaTeX source file; references in the bibliography file are formatted to refer to the source .tex file.
A number of online databases and catalogs allow users to export data in BibTeX format, including UW Libraries Search. Some, like WorldCat, do not currently offer a BibTeX export option. Look for BibTeX or .bib in your search tool's export format options.
To add BibTeX to your RefWorks account, follow these steps: