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Easily convert MARC bibliographic records to BibTeX entries

Project Description

marc2bib is a Python package that allows to convert bibliographic records from MARC format to BibTeX entries. Requires Python 3.

It uses pymarc to read MARC data files.


As always, use pip to install the latest release from PyPI:

$ pip install marc2bib

Or for development:

$ git clone
$ pip install -e marc2bib


If you have not used pymarc before, nothing to worry about.

Now we are going to read some data from a MARC file and easily convert it to a BibTeX entry:

>>> from pymarc import MARCReader
>>> from marc2bib import convert

# Open a MARC file as you usually do this with pymarc.
>>> with open('file.mrc', 'rb') as f:
...     reader = MARCReader(f)
...     record = next(reader)  # Read the first record
...     print(convert(record)) # and, ta-da, convert it to a BibTeX entry.
 author = {I. Hargittai, M. Hargittai},
 . . .

And that is it!


This project is hosted on GitHub. There you can create a new issue or submit pull requests for review.

Running the tests

For testing our package we use pytest. In order to run all tests, execute the following commands (you probably want to set up a virtualenv first):

$ pip install pytest
$ py.test tests


Thanks go to all the authors and contributors of the pymarc package. This project would not have been possible without their work.

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