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I'm trying to create a complex subdivided bibliography for my Master thesis using:

\DeclareBibliographyCategory{primary}
\DeclareBibliographyCategory{secondary}
\addtocategory{primary}{primaire}
\addtocategory{secondary}{secondaire}

in the preambule as I sorted my sources by the keywords "primaire" and "secondaire". This, by using the commands:

\printbibliography{category=primary, heading=subbibliography,%
            title={Sources Primaires}}
\printbibliography{category=secondary,heading=subbibliography,%
            title={Sources Secondaires}}

enabled me to have two subdivisions in the bibliography entitled "Sources primaires" and "Sources secondaires".

My issue is that I have different types of primary sources and different types of secondary sources that I want to subdivide by using several keywords in the bib file. In the primaray category I want to sort them by type and in the secondary by keywords, having eventually a bibliography with two big category, each one being subdivided in several sub-categories (each sub-category having it's own heading title).

I've looked through the biblatex documentation without finding an answer. I now how to separate both (creating categories or having a subdivided bibliography by type or keywords) but I don't see anything about "subdividing categories" themselves.

I hope my question is clear enough.

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  • Would it be an option for you to create only the subcategories (e.g. using primary + article as keywords for those), and make a chapter called "Sources primaires", then add all pertinent sub-bibliographies (telling BiblaTeX to print them as sections). Then create the second chapter the same way. – ienissei May 14 '14 at 10:51
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    I don't understand the question. Why don't you simply combine the filters? e.g. \printbibliography[category=.., keyword=..., type=...] – Ulrike Fischer May 14 '14 at 10:53
  • @ienissei Yes you are right that could be a solution! I'm a beginner with biblatex and I shall admit that I was just looking at the section "subdivided bibliography" in the biblatex documentation and I did not realize I could include them in different chapters... When say that do you mean actual chapters in my document or biblatex is able to create specific chapters in a bibliography? – ElNikopol May 14 '14 at 11:09
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    By default, biblatex creates a chapter with no number called "Bibliography". Just use \chapter*{Sources primaires} for a similar result, and then tell biblatex to print your different bibliographies as sections (that's somewhere in the manual), so they get under your chapter heading and look like section headings. Does that answer your question? Biblatex can also write bibliographies per chapter of your document, but I think that wasn't your question. – ienissei May 15 '14 at 10:48

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