# latex Creating a Bibliography

## Syntax

• For a manually-formatted bibliography, there is no need to have citations - `\cite` - within the document.

## Parameters

ParameterDetail
`thebibliography`This environment sets the scope for the actual bibliography. It defines a list-like environment within which you can use `\bibitem` to set a bibliography item.
`{x}`The `thebibliography` environment takes a single argument that represents the widest element to be expected in the enumeration of the `\bibitem`s. For less than 10 entries, use a single character/digit; for less than 100 entries, use two characters/digits, ...
`\bibitem{<a>} <b>`Set the bibliography item `<b>` and make it available to `\cite` within the document using the label `<a>`.