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I would like to cite a particular volume within a multi-volume book that is the collected works of some author.

The collected works were edited by an editor. I am using a custom .bst file that I created via

latex makebst

What would be the correct BibTeX entry? Note that I am forced to use BibTeX only and unfortunately cannot resort to biblatex or the like.

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The problem with your question is the -- for us unknown -- content of your bst file. Without knowing this file and the entry of the collected work in your bib file it is hard to help you. Please add this informations in your question ... – Kurt Oct 24 '12 at 20:29
A typical entry: @BOOK{author, author = {Author}, title = {Title}, publisher = {Publisher}, year = {Year} } In my case there would be another entry "editor". I am not bound to a specific .bst file. If there are any standard .bst files that allow me to cite a multivolume book, that's fine with me. But I don't want to fiddle with internal stuff at this point. Of course, I could further customize my .bst file by writing a function FUNCTION {multivolumebook} { ... } but I am simply wondering, if there are is a standard way of doing this. – Aton Oct 24 '12 at 21:00

Consider to use biblatex. Here's how an entry of your desired type looks like with biblatex (taken from biblatex-examples.bib):

  hyphenation = {british},
  author = {Coleridge, Samuel Taylor},
  editor = {Coburn, Kathleen and Engell, James and Bate, W. Jackson},
  indextitle = {Biographia literaria},
  title = {Biographia literaria, or Biographical sketches of my literary life
    and opinions},
  shorttitle = {Biographia literaria},
  maintitle = {The collected works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge},
  part = {2},
  volume = {7},
  series = {Bollingen Series},
  number = {75},
  publisher = {Routledge and Kegan Paul},
  location = {London},
  date = {1983},
  annotation = {One (partial) volume of a multivolume book. This is a
    \texttt{book} entry with a \texttt{volume} and a \texttt{part} field
    which explicitly refers to the second (physical) part of the seventh
    (logical) volume. Also note the \texttt{series} and \texttt{number}

Compilable example:








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Thanks for your answer! Unfortunately, I am forced to use BibTeX in this case. – Aton Oct 24 '12 at 19:01
@Aton In that case, edit your question accordingly and also state which .bst style you're currently using. Perhaps someone can suggest a suitable non-biblatex solution then. – lockstep Oct 24 '12 at 19:04
The question explicitly mentions BibTeX. – Aton Oct 24 '12 at 19:15
@Aton biblatex can also be used with BibTeX (the program) and uses .bib files, so it wasn't clear to me if biblatex was a no-go in your case. – lockstep Oct 24 '12 at 19:17
Thanks for the clarification! I added a corresponding remark. – Aton Oct 24 '12 at 19:22

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