OOo Off-the-Wall: Back to School with Bibliographies

Setting up a bibliography is hard enough, but misleading OOo examples don't help the process. Learn how to do it the right way.

At this point, an obvious fact emerges: setting up a bibliography in Writer is a lot of work. For this reason, once you know the style of citation that you are likely to use most often, consider setting up a template. Figure out the types of citations you are likely to need, and then format them ahead of time using Insert > Indexes and Tables > Indexes and Tables > Entries--after first carefully setting the Type to Bibliography on the Index/Table tab. That way, you won't have to recreate the format each time, and your bibliographies can become a timesaver rather than an exercise in database input.


-- Bruce Byfield (nanday)


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Anonymous's picture

Is 1.2 the last version ?


filim's picture

Bibus is alive and very well - now works with both OOo and MsWord - latest release ver 1.2

Is possible Re-use bibliography for other style?

mauri's picture

Hi!, I have some questions.
- Is possible Re-use the bibliography for other styles? To complete a bibliographyc daba dase is a hard work for me. If I want use this bibliography for other journal, for example, I want to introduce:
Author(s): Borges Jose Luis, Garcia Juan.

Ok, then I'd want the reference will show for one journal
[1] Borges J. et al
and for other journal
[1] Borges Jose Luis, Garcia Juan
Is this possible? How?
In LaTeX, BitTex, the data needed is selected in the data base filtering with style selecting. In the first example, only the first letter "J" of de author name is selecting and "et al" is added, but the data base has all the name "Jose" and there are all author names "Borges Jose Luis Garcia Juan".

Thanks for your time and I'm sorry for my poor english.

Reference List

ajondo's picture

The part about setting the title for the bibliography was great help.

i did not know about how to re-title the bibliography Works if you are using the MLA style or Reference List.


APA - Psychologist, not Psychiatrist

Magnus Larsson's picture

Great HOWTO!

But as references concern details, and I am a psychologist, there is one detail that I want to comment on: To my knowledge, and according to the APA style manuals, APA stand for American Psychological Association, not American Psychiatric Association......


Magnus Larsson

Aren't the Short Names supposed to be meaningless in the Samples

Anonymous's picture

After all they are SAMPLES waiting for you to put in the Real Content.

Re: Aren't the Short Names supposed to be meaningless in the Sam

Bruce_Byfield's picture

My assumption is that a sample is meant to show you how to do something.

The sample database uses no recognized bibliographical style, and misuses the fields as well. In my book, that makes it useless as a sample.

A lot of people -- including me -- puzzled over the sample for some time before realizing how to use the database.

Title limits

Anonymous's picture

I tried to insert a book with a long title and it won't accept it. Do you know a solution for this?

ERROR MSG: The string 'EPA's Problems with Collection and Management of Scientific Data and Its Efforts To Address Them.' cannot be converted because it exceeds max length '50

Great article

Anonymous's picture

I just wrote a 20 page report not too long ago and having this article then would of been great. I hope in the future, OpenOffice will have a complete template setup for IEEE style for us Computer Students!

I could create one, but that would be too much work/time for me that I can currently afford.

If I do create one, is there a file a could backup and transfer to other pc's to provide my template to everyone ??




Stephan's picture

Well, let's face it - the current bibliography support in OpenOffice is a pain in the neck.
But wait - there is hope:
Check out Bibus. This Python program solved many of my referencing problems in OOo.

Isn't bibus outdated?

Anonymous's picture

Isn't bibus outdated? I heard that it isn't updated for some time now.

New Bibus release

Anonymous's picture

Bibus is alive and very well - now works with both OOo and MsWord - latest release ver 1.2


Anonymous's picture

Is 1.2 the last version ?

Yes, I think that the

TIMBaER's picture

Yes, I think that the current version (1.2) is the last version.

Distributing templates

Bruce_Byfield's picture


You could post your template to:

But check first. There may already be a template for the citation style you need.

Thank you!

Scriptics's picture

Hi Bruce,

thanks for the link!