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ADDBIB(1)                   General Commands Manual                  ADDBIB(1)



NAME
       addbib - create or extend a bibliographic database

SYNOPSIS
       addbib [ -a ] [ -p promptfile ] database

AVAILABILITY
       addbib  is available with the Text software installation option.  Refer
       to for information on how to install optional software.

DESCRIPTION
       When addbib starts up, answering y to the initial Instructions?  prompt
       yields  directions; typing n or RETURN skips them.  addbib then prompts
       for various bibliographic fields, reads responses  from  the  terminal,
       and  sends  output  records to database.  A null response (just RETURN)
       means to leave out that field.  A `-' (minus sign) means to go back  to
       the  previous field.  A trailing backslash allows a field to be contin-
       ued on the next line.  The repeating Continue?  prompt allows the  user
       either  to resume by typing y or RETURN, to quit the current session by
       typing n or q, or to edit  database  with  any  system  editor  (vi(1),
       ex(1), ed(1)).

OPTIONS
       -a     Suppress  prompting  for  an abstract; asking for an abstract is
              the default.  Abstracts are ended with a CTRL-D.

       -p promptfile
              Use a new prompting skeleton, defined in promptfile.  This  file
              should  contain prompt strings, a TAB, and the key-letters to be
              written to the database.

USAGE
   Bibliography Key Letters
       The most common key-letters and their meanings are given below.  addbib
       insulates  you  from  these  key-letters, since it gives you prompts in
       English, but if you edit the bibliography file later on, you will  need
       to know this information.

              %A     Author's name

              %B     Book containing article referenced

              %C     City (place of publication)

              %D     Date of publication

              %E     Editor of book containing article referenced

              %F     Footnote number or label (supplied by refer)

              %G     Government order number

              %H     Header commentary, printed before reference

              %I     Issuer (publisher)

              %J     Journal containing article

              %K     Keywords to use in locating reference

              %L     Label field used by -k option of refer

              %M     Bell Labs Memorandum (undefined)

              %N     Number within volume

              %O     Other commentary, printed at end of reference

              %P     Page number(s)

              %Q     Corporate or Foreign Author (unreversed)

              %R     Report, paper, or thesis (unpublished)

              %S     Series title

              %T     Title of article or book

              %V     Volume number

              %X     Abstract -- used by roffbib, not by refer

              %Y,Z   Ignored by refer

EXAMPLE
       Except  for  A,  each  field  should be given just once.  Only relevant
       fields should be supplied.
              %A   Mark Twain
              %T   Life on the Mississippi
              %I   Penguin Books
              %C   New York
              %D   1978

SEE ALSO
       ed(1), ex(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sortbib(1),
       vi(1)

       refer in



                               21 December 1987                      ADDBIB(1)