I've been making the switch toward using
biblatex-chicago to replace an old
.bst (now out-dated), but I'm still confused as to how
biblatex handles short-forms and abbreviations. For example, when I cite an article from the journal Vetus Testamentum, I want the footnote to use the abbreviation VT, but the bibliography to use the full form. In my old
.bst file I used the .bib field
shortjournal, but that doesn't seem to be the way
biblatex works. Similarly, I would like to be able to abbreviate commonly cited reference works, e.g. Ancient Near Eastern Texts as ANET in my footnotes, and use it's full form in the bibliography.
I'm guessing that this functionality is built into
biblatex, I just don't know how to use it.