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How can I update references after editing the bibliography entry?

asked 2012-08-04 14:11:28 +0200

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updated 2014-01-30 21:49:56 +0200

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Hi there!

Writing my text I inserted Bibliography entries that were only rudimentarily filled in in the database.

I now started to complete the entries in the database, however the references in the text do not update automatically. Which means that my List of References at the end of the text stays the same rudimentary one.

Do I have to insert each reference again or is there a way to update them all in one go?

Thanks for any help!

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I have exactly the same issue, it's annoying...

logoff gravatar imagelogoff ( 2013-07-09 09:27:32 +0200 )edit

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answered 2012-08-06 17:18:27 +0200

tohuwawohu gravatar image

updated 2012-08-06 21:19:05 +0200

I can reproduces this on Win 7 64bit with LO and Ubuntu 12.04 with LO - here's my bug report:

@CCK: Feel free to emend the bug report or to subscribe it for updates and comments of other users.

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Current status of fdo#53165 is NEW. According to the bug report, it's been a bug in OpenOffice since at least 2005.

For now, it looks like this feature is not supported in LibreOffice. Sorry about that!

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-01-30 08:24:06 +0200 )edit
manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2014-01-30 21:47:57 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-08-04 16:01:39 +0200

m.a.riosv gravatar image

Take a look in: Menu/Tools/Update

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That did not work. The entry data of every single reference I inserted in the text is not updated by the data that I added in the bibliography database.

if I click on such a reference and select "edit" it still shows the old rudimentary data, not the data I manually added in the bibliography database. Even if I do edit the fields here, it does not take over the changes.

If I insert the same reference anew, it does. However I do not necessarily want to insert every reference again...

CCK gravatar imageCCK ( 2012-08-04 17:37:12 +0200 )edit

don't ask with new answers, use comments.

logoff gravatar imagelogoff ( 2013-07-09 09:27:05 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-08-06 15:05:52 +0200

CCK gravatar image

OK, I will try again to explain my problem more clearly.

SITUATION: Writing an academic text with inserting references in the text.


--> tools --> Bibliography Database

I opened the database, typed in the entry data in the single fields and allocated a short name to each entry

in the text, when I want to insert a reference I select the short name from a dropdown menu via

--> Insert --> Indexes and Tables --> Bibliography Entry

voila, the short name in brackets appears in the text.

At the end of the text I select

--> Insert --> Indexes and Tables --> Indexes and Tables

to insert the List of References which shows all data I filled into the Bibliography Database


when I now change the entries in the bibliography database, e.g. add or delete information, these changes are not taken over by the List of References when I update that field (Rightclick --> Update Index/Table)

Any hints on that? Or do I have to insert each reference into the text anew?

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answered 2015-04-27 11:27:34 +0200

giacomopaco gravatar image

I found this solution:

I inserted again the entry at the end of the document; it asked me to update the current entry; I selected yes. So now the entry is updated in the rest of the document. The same for every entries.

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