I am writing a memo style document for my job that has to be formatted in a very specific manner, often without regard to good typesetting practices. I am relatively new to Latex, so I am having some trouble. I want to get this:

Refs: (a) an reference that may be a couple lines long (b) this should be on a new line, with (b) lined up with (a).

Here is what I have so far:

 \item (a reference to something)
 \item (another reference)

But when I compile it as a PDF it comes out like this:


(a) blah blah blah

(b) blah blah

So, in summary, I want the first reference to start on the same line as Refs:, I want the references to be aligned to each other, and I dont wat it to skip a line. Like I said, I am pretty new at this, but I couldnt find anything relating to this with a google search. I would appreciate any help. I am using the latest version of Texmaker on an Ubuntu machine, and compiling with pdflatex.


To be clear, after adding the [inline] option, here is what I have now.

\begin{enumerate*}[label = (\alph*)]
\item Lucas, G., \& Rubel, R. (Eds.). (2011). Ethics and the Military  
Profession:the Moral Foundations of Leadership (NROTC Third.). 
Boston, \\ 
\item Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919)

Which produces this:

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what I want is something like this:

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1 Answer 1


Sorry, I misunderstood your question in the first place. Here you are:

% arara: pdflatex

        \item[\normalfont Refs:]%

    \item (a reference to something)
    \item (another reference)

enter image description here

  • Thank you for the response. This is getting me in the right direction I think, but the second reference is left aligning (when I add \\ after the first reference), rather than lining up under (A). Mar 12, 2015 at 14:11
  • @christopherbrown0317 Why are you linebreaking now? If you want to have everything indented, you should wrap all of this in a description.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Mar 12, 2015 at 14:16
  • I am not really sure what you mean, like I said, I am pretty new to this. I did a line break so that the second item would appear on a new line instead of inline with the first item. I still want the first item on the same line as Ref:, but the second item needs to be lined up with the first. Mar 12, 2015 at 14:25
  • Perfect, thank you. I am new to the forum, do I need to mark the thread as answered? Thank you again! Mar 12, 2015 at 14:52

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