# Citation of short titles

I am using biblatex for my citations and bibliography, with citations placed in end notes and am using the authortitle style. I am required to cite a single work in the notes with just a reference to the author, but if that author has multiple works in the bibliography, I need to use the the combination of author and short title in the citation.

For example:

1. Smith, p.10.
2. Jones, "Gone with the Wind", p.11.
3. Smith, p.23.
4. Jones, "No longer windy", p.2. etc

I have successfully implemented the Jones, "Gone with the Wind", p.11 type of entry, but I get this format for all my entries, including those for Smith. How do I drop the short title from the Smith-type entries, that is, those authors with only single titles in the bibliography?

Thanks for any assistance.

The following code shows my biblatex setup:

\documentclass[11pt, article, oneside]{memoir}
\usepackage{endnotes}
\let\footnote=\endnote
\renewcommand{\notesname}{}
\usepackage[citestyle=authortitle-ibid, bibstyle=authortitle, sorting=nyt,
block=space, terseinits=true, backend=biber]{biblatex}
\bibliography{/Volumes/Current/work/core/biblio14}
\DefineBibliographyStrings{australian}{%
bibliography = {References},
shorthands = {Abbreviations},
editor = {editor},
editors = {editors},
techreport = {},
in = {~},
}

\newbibmacro*{shorttitle}{%
\printlist{shorttitle}%
\newunit}

\begin{document}

blah blah blah \footnote{\cite[247]{Kaufmann2014b}}
blah blah blah

\newpage
\chapter*{Notes}
%
\begingroup
\parindent 0pt
\parskip 2ex
\def\enotesize{\normalsize}
\theendnotes
\endgroup

\chapter*{References}
\raggedright

\end{document}

• Welcome! Your code looks great but it can't be used to reproduce your situation without a .bib entry or three. We'd need 2 entries by one author and 1 entry by another, I guess. – cfr Nov 27 '15 at 4:28

If we enable the package option singletitle we can use the test \ifsingletitle to check if there is only one work by a particular author.

We can modify the cite:title macro to do nothing if that is the case

\renewbibmacro*{cite:title}{%
\ifsingletitle
{}
{\printtext[bibhyperref]{%
\printfield[citetitle]{labeltitle}}}}


This, leads to a tiny complication with punctuation though, so we also need

\renewbibmacro*{cite}{%
\global\boolfalse{cbx:loccit}%
\iffieldundef{shorthand}
{\ifthenelse{\ifciteibid\AND\NOT\iffirstonpage}
{\usebibmacro{cite:ibid}}
{\ifnameundef{labelname}
{}
{\printnames{labelname}%
\ifsingletitle{}{\setunit{\nametitledelim}}}%<--- the change is here
\usebibmacro{cite:title}}}%
{\usebibmacro{cite:shorthand}}}


Note that in your MWE I have changed your redefinition of the in bibstring to the standard way to suppress the "in:", I also use style=authortitle-ibid instead of the longer, but equivalent citestyle=authortitle-ibid, bibstyle=authortitle. I don't like the techreport = {}, either, but I'm not entirely sure what you want to do there, so I left it, maybe, just maybe \AtEveryBibitem{\clearfield{type}} does what you want. We also used \footcite{foo} instead of \footnote{\cite{foo}}.

\documentclass[11pt, article, oneside]{memoir}
\usepackage[australian]{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}
\usepackage{endnotes}
\let\footnote=\endnote
\renewcommand{\notesname}{}
\usepackage[style=authortitle-ibid, terseinits=true, block=space, backend=biber, singletitle]{biblatex}

\DefineBibliographyStrings{australian}{%
bibliography = {References},
shorthands = {Abbreviations},
editor = {editor},
editors = {editors},
techreport = {},
}

\renewbibmacro{in:}{}

\renewbibmacro*{cite}{%
\global\boolfalse{cbx:loccit}%
\iffieldundef{shorthand}
{\ifthenelse{\ifciteibid\AND\NOT\iffirstonpage}
{\usebibmacro{cite:ibid}}
{\ifnameundef{labelname}
{}
{\printnames{labelname}%
\ifsingletitle{}{\setunit{\nametitledelim}}}%
\usebibmacro{cite:title}}}%
{\usebibmacro{cite:shorthand}}}

\renewbibmacro*{cite:title}{%
\ifsingletitle
{}
{\printtext[bibhyperref]{%
\printfield[citetitle]{labeltitle}}}}

\begin{document}

blah\footcite[12]{sigfridsson} blah\footcite{worman,pines} blah\footcite[34]{knuth:ct:b}
blah\footcite[56]{geer} blah\footcite[78]{knuth:ct:c} blah.

\newpage
\chapter*{Notes}
%
\begingroup
\parindent 0pt
\parskip 2ex
\def\enotesize{\normalsize}
\theendnotes
\endgroup

\chapter*{References}
\raggedright