# [Tex/LaTex] Can’t open reference.aux

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This is my first time posting here a question and I'm also like a beginner using Latex. Here is my problem:
I can't compile my references, and always give me this mistake:

I couldn't open file name reference.aux'

Probably I have to install a extra .lib but I don't know which of them.

I'll appreciate a lot if someone could give me some advices…

Let's suppose your references are written in a file called 'ref.bib' with entries like:

@article{latex1977,
title={How to use latex},
author={John Smith},
journal={Journal of Latex},
pages={1--50},
volume={39},
year={1977}
}


Now in your main file say 'main.tex' you have to have something like:

\documentclass{article}
\begin {document}

...
\cite{latex1977}
...

\bibliography{ref}
\bibliographystyle{plain}

\end{document}
`

To compile your document do this steps:

1. compile 'main.tex' using latex or pdflatex => this step will generate main.aux file
2. compile 'main.aux' (NOT 'ref.bib') using bibtex
3. compile twice 'main.tex' using latex or pdflatex