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I can't imagine this isn't covered elsewhere, but for the life of my I can't find it. (Forgive me, I'm very new to LaTeX.)

I'm running pandoc to generate PDFs based on a markdown document, but right now my bibliography is being formatted just like another other paragraph: leading indent, no space between entries. I'd like to format it with hanging indents and a slight space between sections. It seems like that should be default behavior, but even when I strip away the LaTeX template to bare bones, I can't get the bibliography to behave properly.

I'm running the memoir class, and using the chicago-fullnotes-bibliography style. I'm wondering if there's either a way to change default bibliography behavior, or hack a different indent pattern for that section of the document.

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I'm not sure what 'chicago-fullnotes-bibliography' is, but if it is based on biblatex, the following lengths are probably what you want to redefine to your liking:

\setlength{\bibhang}{11pt}% the hanging indent
\setlength{\bibitemsep}{6pt}% the separation b/w basic items
\setlength{\bibinitsep}{\baselineskip}% insert blank line between different initial letters

These will work with the memoir class; change the lengths to suit your needs.

If you are not using biblatex, but need to follow the Chicago style, I recommend you switch sooner rather than later to biblatex and biber, and use the biblatex-chicago contributed style. It implements CMS 16th ed., and is under active development. The author is also responsive to feedback about potential problems.

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I'm accepting the answer because that definitely should fix it, but unfortunately I'm realizing that pandoc doesn't actually let the LaTeX template do much with the bibliography. chicago-fullnotes-bibliography is a CSL style, and pandoc does all the bibliography formatting as per its specifications. (Unfortuately, it doesn't seem to be responding to those, either--but that's a question for the pandoc listserve.) Thanks for your help! –  Brian Hamilton May 29 '12 at 10:14
Indeed. There is nothing in the .csl that gives formatting directives about the bibliography. I guess that makes sense, but the Chicago style can be pretty picky about things. As for pandoc, my limited experience suggested that it couldn't (then; yet?) handle all of biblatex's capabilities. (But I'm an emacs user, so org-mode would be my starting point for simple documents; and of course real LaTeX when I want to write something complicated....) –  jon May 29 '12 at 17:33
Brain, I think pandoc leaves most of the bibliography work to LaTeX (instead of doing it itself) if you supply the --biblatex switch. –  loevborg Aug 21 '12 at 21:53

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