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Chapter 12. Managing Citations > 12.2. The number-only system

12.2. The number-only system

12.2.1. Standard LaTeX—Reference by number

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, the number-only system is the default citation method directly supported by standard LaTeX. That is, without loading any additional packages, it is the only method supported by the provided markup commands. Bibliographic citations inside the text of a LaTeX document are then flagged with the command \cite.

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The \cite command associates each keyword in the list in its mandatory argument with the argument of a \bibitem command from the thebibliography environment to produce the citation reference. As with other LaTeX identifiers, these keys are case-sensitive.

The citation numbers generated are defined by the order in which the keys appear on the \bibitem commands inside the thebibliography environment or, if an optional argument is used with \bibitem, by the data provided in that argument.


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