I'm making an essay in Spanish, so I use \usepackage[spanish]{babel} and \usepackage[style=mla]{biblatex} with biber for bibliography. Everything does what it should, but when citing, style required "" become «». I understand this is the "correct" behavior in Spanish typography, but, for unknown reasons, I'm being required to use "".

For example, I want the reference:

Pérez, Juán. «La Historia de Algo». Madrid: Alguna Editora, 2013.

to appear as:

Pérez, Juán. "La Historia de Algo". Madrid: Alguna Editora, 2013.

and cites without author that appear like:

(«Título de Obra Sin Autor»)

to appear as:

("Título de Obra Sin Autor")

I've already tried \usepackage[spanish,es-noquoting]{babel} and \usepackage[spanish,es-noshorthands]{babel}, but I'm not sure if babel is the one I should modify.

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    You're right. The RAE (Real Academia Española) recommend «» for quotes, whereas “” and ‘’ should be used for the nested quotes. The "unknown reason" is the absence of « and » keys, so many people do not know how to write, or worse, they are so accustomed to "" that they think that this is the correct quotation mark. But this is not a valid reason. The best is to ignore the requirement and make it clear that this is the right way. This may hurt the pride of some ignorant, but that is beyond the scope of typography. :) – Fran Oct 23 '13 at 0:12
  • The thing is that my note depends of strictly following a manual they gave me... Should I sacrifice a decimal point for typography's sake, or try to notify the people behind the manual? – Camara Oct 26 '13 at 20:35

You could use csquotes package with biblatex.

Biblatex manual says (p.4):

csquotes : If this package is available, biblatex will use its language sensitive quotation facilities to enclose certain titles in quotation marks. If not, biblatex uses quotes suitable for American English as a fallback. When writing in any other language, loading csquotes is strongly recommended.

Concretely, add


In your case, you want Spanish style reference but with English style quotation marks. The second line should produce this result.

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