References with BiBTeX
In standard LaTeX you can use the
\thebibliography environment and
\bibitem's to list your references within the file. If you have several documents with similar references this becomes tedious. BiBTeX allows you to create a single database of references and then finely control the style in which they are displayed.
LaTeX Tricks: BiBTeX
This guide tells you how to get started using BiBTeX.
BibTeX Style Examples
This is a good list of the available styles.
In its entry for each paper SPIRES provides a BiBTeX database entry.