Use your University of Melbourne email to access to Overleaf.

Overleaf is an online LaTeX editor that enables publishing, editing and writing scientific document quick and easy. Overleaf aims to make the research of science open and accessible in a faster format, by allowing writing, reviewing and publication to take place in one space.

As an online LaTeX document manager Overleaf allows for collaboration, lack of installation, document history recording and the ability to be able to work from any computer anywhere in the world (either online or by saving work in a Dropbox or via GitHub).

Creating a bibliography file from scratch

To create a new bibliography file in Overleaf, in the editor, click New File icon.

new file

An input box will appear for you to set the name of the new file. The file should have the .bib extension, in this example, it's called "mybibliography.bib"; now click on Create.

Create bibliography

A new file will be listed in the left panel, click it to edit its contents. Add your bibliography entries there.

my bibliography

Upload Bibliography file in Overleaf

If you already have a bibliography file that you need to use in an Overleaf project, you can upload it. Click the Upload icon  on top of the left pane.

Upload bibliography

A dialogue box will appear, you can either drag and drop the .bib file or click Select from your computer to navigate to the location of your file.

Overleaf bibliography template

In the Project Management view click New Project, then in the drop-down menu that will appear click View All.

overleaf template

You will be redirected to a list of templates. Choose Bibliography.

bibliography template

Creating a bibliography is made easy in LaTeX through the use of packages such as bibtex, biber, natbib and biblatex which allow the automatic generation of the reference list in the chosen style (e.g. in that required by the academic journal you’re submitting your article to). Here we present some example documents to help you see how to set up a bibliography in LaTeX to achieve the reference and citation style required.

template choices

Choose a template and open in Overleaf editor so you can start working on it.

template in Overleaf

Zotero and Overleaf

Watch a recorded webinar demonstrating how to use Overleaf and Zotero to manage your references.