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Another strength of LyX is literature handling. With LaTeX's BibTeX format, you can cite directly from literature databases. Chose Insert->Lists & TOC->BibTeX Reference where you want to place the literature list (usually at the end of a document)
This will open another dialog where you can chose the database and a style file (which is responsible for the layout of the citations)
Now you can cite with a single click on Insert->Citation, which opens the citation dialog. Chose the relevant entry and you are done. Author-Year style (Lamport 1987) is also supported.
You'll get another grey box in LyX; the references and the literature list are generated automagically.
Now I know most of you are about to click the "mailto:" address at the bottom of this page to tell me I misspelled "authority" in the document. Aha! I say. Allow me to demonstrate the spellchecker. Click on Edit->Spellchecker and start it running. Our misspelled word is highlighted. Click on the correct spelling and then "Replace word" to fix it.
Notice that I can make the footnote box "collapse" by clicking on the "foot" tab. This way, it doesn't clutter up the text. Okay, winding up. To emphasize text, type the text,
highlight it, and press the "!" button. This changes the text mode to "emphasize", which happens to be an italic font change.
Almost all TeX and LaTeX commands can be inserted into a LyX file, if LyX doesn't natively support a LaTeX directive that you need. Just insert the (in this case, plain TeX) code into an ERT inset (Insert->TeX). Beautiful ...
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