I don't have the command for inserting citations described in the documentation: "Insert > Citation> Bibliographical Reference" is not present in my menus:

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That's the entire contents of my "Citation" menu: no "Bibliographical Reference" item anywhere to be seen.

How do I restore this item to my menus? What could I have done that would have removed it?

  • $\begingroup$ FWIW: 9.0.1 (the problem was there in 9.0.0 also) and OS X 10.8.2. $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Jan 31, 2013 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ I'm running Mathematica 9.0 under windows 7 64-bit and that command IS present. This must be an operating system thing... $\endgroup$
    – Todd Allen
    Jan 31, 2013 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ @ToddAllen: I fear it may be a "my machine" thing. It's clearly suppose to be there. It was there the first few times I used 9.0, but I haven't seen it since. And the update to 9.0.1 has made no difference. $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Jan 31, 2013 at 21:02

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If you're on Mac, then the documentation is unfortunately deceiving you. Here is a thread I found on MathGroup that says what I also found: there's no BibTeX support on Mac OS X, and this fact is intentionally omitted from the docs. I say "intentionally" because clearly the above thread indicates that they are aware of the mismatch between their docs and reality.

I was unable to find a way to load .bib files in Mathematica. I also use BibDesk which I consider a great substitute for EndNote. So the conclusion: use another editor for publication quality work.

  • $\begingroup$ That could explain it. Though it would not explain why Wolfram's "Premier" (so called) "support" does not know about it. I've exchanged half a dozen e-mails with them about this, and all I get is mechanical responses that refer me to the documentation (the reading and re-reading of which is of course the initial source of my awareness of the feature), without a hint that it might not be supported on OS X. Also: it was present (though it didn't work) for a bit. $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Feb 1, 2013 at 4:09
  • $\begingroup$ Confirmed! Though it tool Wolfram's "Premier" "support" 3 and a half months to finally answer my question (after many wrong and contradictory responses). Here's what I finally got: "It's only presently supported under Windows." $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:41
  • $\begingroup$ That's an uncommonly long delay for a response. Maybe this means their lawyers got involved... so I better watch what I write... $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Feb 12, 2013 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ In my experience, it's not a long time for a correct response. After more than 4 months, I'm still waiting for answers to several other simple questions. (But that's a discussion for another place.) $\endgroup$
    – orome
    Feb 12, 2013 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ There also is no support on Linux. $\endgroup$
    – Matt G
    Dec 30, 2017 at 21:58

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