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I am using JabRef to manage my bibliography. I have some laws that I need to cite, but I am unsure how to do this.

In this particular case, I am citing a regulation, which is referenced by the law. The regulation is of a technical nature (specifically it deals with minimum requirements for grid-interconnection of wind energy systems), and I just need to know which specific biblatex styles would be appropriate here.

Here's what I have considered:

  • @article doesn't seem appropriate, because author is a required field, and regulations don't have authors.
  • @misc seemed like the next obvious choice, but it has no field for journal title, at least in JabRef. This regulation is published in a legal gazette, so a serial title would be useful here.
  • @other doesn't include a title field (again, in JabRef at least)
  • @standard also seems like it might be appropriate, but here institution is a required field, and one generally doesn't write "the government"

The regulation being cited is German, in case that bit of information is useful. I know about the biblatex-juradiss package, but I am not writing a legal paper, here, so it's not appropriate. I just need a little guidance.

EDIT: Here is an example which may help. I got it from "Bibliographieren — ... aber wie?" by Jan Wohlgemuth.

[27] Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland vom 23. Mai 1949. (BGBl. S.1) BGBl. III, 100-1. In der Fassung vom 28.6.1993, zuletzt geändert durch das 39.
Gesetz zur Änderung des Grundgesetzes (BGBl. I 1002).

The thing is, I don't want to add a whole additional biblatex package just for this one citation, and I'm thinking there has to be a standard approach using the existing citation styles.

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May you give us some examples of how it should look like please? –  Thorsten Apr 27 '12 at 16:40
    
Just as a remark: @other and @standard don't exist in biblatex. –  Thorsten Apr 27 '12 at 16:46
    
Blast. I see now that I didn't have JabRef in biblatex mode. –  Stephen Bosch Apr 27 '12 at 18:04
    
Biblatex does have @legislation, but none of the standard styles know how to deal with it, so its treated as @misc. –  Mikael Öhman Apr 27 '12 at 18:14
    
Does that mean that I should use @misc in JabRef? It doesn't show @legislation in the list of available styles either. –  Stephen Bosch Apr 27 '12 at 19:07
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In addition to the biblatex package you mention, you may also want to check out the biblatex-jura style.

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biblatex-jura is quite outdated, but there are also biblatex-juradiss as well as biblatex-swiss-legal which might be worth a look. –  domwass Apr 29 '12 at 11:25
    
@domwass - Thanks! –  Mico Apr 29 '12 at 12:10
    
Those would all be overkill, as I'm not writing a legal paper. –  Stephen Bosch Apr 29 '12 at 12:58
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