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How can I indicate in my bibliography that the reference has 500 pages in total, for example.

As I understand, the keyword "pages" in Bibtex refers to the specific page or page ranges.

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Actually I don't know why, but pagetotal didn't worked for me. I'm using ugost2008 bibliography style and numpages field worked like a charm in my case. –  Grigory Kalabin May 14 '13 at 16:24
    
You must be use bibtex. I was using bibLatex. –  drozzy May 14 '13 at 16:33
    
Instead of answering, you should comment on lockstep's answer or on the original question. Anyway, ugost2008 is a bibtex style bundle, not biblatex (which provides a pagetotal field with which its default styles deal). –  henrique May 14 '13 at 16:33
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@henrique: He is proposing a different, Bibtex-based answer to lockstep: an separate answer is fine. –  Charles Stewart May 15 '13 at 6:59
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With biblatex, you may add a pagetotal field to your .bib file.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{biblatex}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@book{A01,
  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},
  pagetotal = {999},
}
\end{filecontents}

\addbibresource{\jobname.bib}

\nocite{*}

\begin{document}

\printbibliography

\end{document}

(The filecontents environment is only used to include some external files directly into the example, so that it compiles. It is not necessary for the solution.)

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But what about without biblatex? I am using scribtex online compiler - and they don't support it yet... –  drozzy Apr 24 '11 at 19:01
    
@drozzy: Correct -- if (!) you decide to use biblatex, the syntax is different than that of traditional LaTeX/BibTeX. See here and here for more details about biblatex. –  lockstep Apr 24 '11 at 19:02
    
oops.. sry I deleted my original comment :-) –  drozzy Apr 24 '11 at 19:05
    
@drozzy: Sadly, I don't know a "traditional" BibTeX style that supports "total pages". Maybe someone else does. –  lockstep Apr 24 '11 at 19:06
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Woot - biblatex works! –  drozzy Apr 25 '11 at 23:03
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