Creating a bibliographic database

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Although you can create references within the document itself, creating a bibliographic database allows reuse in other documents and saves a lot of time.

Select Tools > Bibliography Database. A window similar to that below is shown.

Bibliography Database main window.

You can use the top portion of this window to:

  • Filter for specific records within the database (see Filtering records).
  • Change some details of columns in the database (see Changing column details).
  • Select an alternative data source (another database or table) or change details of the fields in the database.

The middle portion of the window shows each of the records in a table layout similar to that of a spreadsheet. Additional fields can be viewed by scrolling the table to the right.

The bottom portion of the window shows the contents of the selected record.

Filtering records

To set up a filter for specific records within the bibliographic database, select Tools > Filter from the Bibliographic Database menu bar. On the Standard Filter dialog box, choose the fields, conditions and values for the filter and click OK.

Setting up a filter for the bibliographic database.

Changing column details

To change the details of columns in the bibliographic database, select the Column Arrangement button near the top of the window. The Column Layout for Table biblio dialog box is displayed.

Changing column layout for bibliographic database.

Changing the data source

To change the data source in use (for example, if you have more than one bibliographic database for different purposes), click the Data Source button near the top of the window. The Choose Data Source dialog box is displayed.

Choosing a different data source for the bibliographic database

Changing field details

You can make changes to the bibliography database (for example, rename fields or change the length of fields) by doing the following:

  1. In the main document (not the Bibliography Database screen), press F4 or click View > Data Sources to open the data source window, similar to the figure below.
    Data Source view of Bibliography database.
  2. Make sure that the Bibliography database is selected as well as the correct table. You may have to expand some levels to be able to select the correct ones.
  3. Right-click on the table entry (biblio in the example) and select Edit Database File from the pop-up menu. This opens a window similar to the one below, which is the main menu for Base, the database component of
    Main window for working with databases.
  4. If Tables (under the Database view) is not selected, select it now.
  5. Right-click on the biblio table name in the Tables section and select Edit from the context menu to display a window similar to that shown below.
    Modify table properties window.
  6. You can now select each of the rows and modify the Field Properties as required.
  7. When finished, you will be asked to confirm that you want the changes saved.
Documentation note.png For more information on how to use OOo’s database features, see Chapter 8: Getting Started with Base in the Getting Started Guide.

Adding entries to the database

To add entries to the database:

  1. You can add records directly into the database using the lower portion of the window shown in Creating a bibliographic database.
  2. Complete each of the fields as required. Use the Tab key to move between fields.
  3. It is best to use a unique name in the Short name field. This is used when inserting entries into documents.
  4. To complete the entry move to the last field and press Tab once more.
Documentation note.png The Identifier column in the upper portion of the Bibliography Database window is labeled Short name in the lower portion of the window.

If your document requires [Author, date] style citations, use the Identifier (Short name) field of the database to record the information in the required format. If you are using a simple citation numbering system (e.g., [1],[2],...), use a unique reference of some sort in the Identifier (Short name) field. Writer will auto-number entries based on the position within the document.

Maintaining entries in the database

To maintain entries in the database, use the Bibliography Database window as in the previous section. Click on the appropriate field and modify the text as appropriate.

Modified entries are saved automatically to the database when the cursor moves off the record.

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