# Solve the problem: Something’s wrong–perhaps a missing \item. \end{thebibliography}

Sometimes when we compile papers with latex, we encounter problems related to BIB, as follows:
Something’s wrong–perhaps a missing \item. \end{thebibliography}
The same latex documents are fine to compile in Windows but not on MAC.
The underlying problem is the *.bbL file in the directory where *.tex resides. This file is handled differently on Windows and MAC. When there are no references in the article, Windows compiles, but MAC does not.
So here’s the solution:
(1) First close *.tex file, and then delete *.bbL file;
(2) Open *.tex file and add the statement \ {*} anywhere in the article;
(3) Compile again, there is no problem.