How to add a BibTeX entry to LaTeX
- you already have a BibTeX file linked to your .tex file
- you are using Texmaker (if you’re not, you probably should be)
It seems to me you must go through a series of arcane steps to be able to add a reference to your BibTeX bibliography and get it to work in your file.
Here’s the steps and their order that have worked for me. I have included my a few comments that hopefully help to give you a sense what is going on.