This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this version of TEX can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.
B IB TEX reads the top-level auxiliary (.aux) file that was output during the running of latex(1) or tex(1) and creates a bibliography (.bbl) file that will be incorporated into the document on subsequent runs of L A TEX or TEX. The auxname on the command line must be given without the .aux extension. If you don't give the auxname, the program prompts you for it.
B IB TEX looks up, in bibliographic database (.bib) files specified by the bibliography command, the entries specified by the cite and nocite commands in the L A TEX or TEX source file. It formats the information from those entries according to instructions in a bibliography style (.bst) file (specified by the bibliographystyle command, and it outputs the results to the .bbl file.
B IB TEX searches the directories in the path defined by the BSTINPUTS environment variable for .bst files. If BSTINPUTS is not set, it uses the system default. For .bib files, it uses the BIBINPUTS environment variable if that is set, otherwise the default. See tex(1) for the details of the searching.
Bibliography style files.
``B IB TEXing'' - L A TEXable documentation for general B IB TEX users
``Designing B IB TEX Styles'' - L A TEXable documentation for style designers
database file for those two documents
database file giving examples of all standard entry types
template file and documentation for the standard styles
All those files should be available somewhere on your system.