[OS X TeX] plea for help with TeX bibliographic databases: the humanities, and unicode

Peter Pagin peter.pagin at philosophy.su.se
Wed Apr 13 16:31:36 EDT 2005

Thanks for the tip about McBride. It is nice, but doesn't offer the 
connection with babel that I have in the bst I designed myself, and so 
doesn't interpret the definitions I put into babelbst.tex.

Also, I noticed that McBride uses full stop as inter-block punctuation. 
I want normally to use comma, except when I come to the information 
about translations and reprints. Then I want full stop. If I put that 
information in a separate notes field, then it does come up last, as it 
should, but separated by a comma, as it shouldn't. I haven't figured out 
how to avoid this, except by writing that information into the last 
regular field used.

A few journals (like Journal of Philosophy) want bibliographical entries 
in footnotes. Patrick Daly's bibentry package is adequate for that purpose.


Norm Gall wrote:

> On 12-Apr-05, at 20:44, Roger Hart wrote:
>> After reading all of the very helpful and detailed responses so 
>> generously offered in the thread,
>> Re: [OS X TeX] Beginner: bibliography strategy?
>> I decided that I should revisit the problem, which I had two months 
>> ago given up on in complete frustration, of working with 
>> bibliographic databases in LaTeX, for publications in the humanities 
>> (following the Chicago Manual of Style), with unicode.
> As a philosopher, I have to deal with lots of different styles from 
> dozens of different journals.
> I use natbib, mcbride 
> (http://www.digitas.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/wiki/ken/McBride), and BibDesk 
> and have no troubles with getting exactly what I want.
> For reprints and translations, I just use the note field. McBride 
> tacks it on at the end of the bibliographic entry as it should. If you 
> are doing citation in footnotes rather than in-line citations, jurabib 
> really is what you want.
> Take a look at McBride. It might just be what you want.
> Cheers,
> ng

Peter Pagin
Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
tel: +46-8-162813, fax: +46-8-152226
email: peter.pagin at philosophy.su.se

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