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Another strength of LyX is literature handling. With LaTeX's BibTeX program, you can cite directly from literature databases. Set the cursor to where you want to place the literature list (usually at the end of a document) and use the menu Insert→List/TOC→Bib(la)TeX Bibliography. The BibTeX Bibliography dialog pops up.
In the dialog you can add several BibTeX databases and specify a style how the citations will be printed. By default only the cited entries of the database will be printed but you can change this in the dialog. In LyX the inserted databases are displayed as gray box.
Now you can add a citation with the toolbar button (menu Insert→Citation). The citation dialog pops up. Here you can select entries from the inserted databases, you can set the order how they will appear and set a formatting.
As result a gray box is inserted in LyX. In the PDF output you get the selected citations in the literature list.
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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