So I'm making this summary of a course where I've only been getting information from one book. Sometimes I want to show what page from the book a statement is taken from but I can't figure out a clean way of doing it.

Basically I would like to have something (in function) similar to:

"Statement[Book p123]"

Do you have any suggestions?

  • if you use only one book you can start by a note that say [number] refers to page number from the book. – touhami Feb 13 '16 at 12:05

This is quite easy with BibLaTeX, though for a single reference, it may seem a little like overkill (then again, it'll get you familiar).

Here's a minimal example:

TeX File:



Reference to the book: \cite{kopka2003guide}, and something found on some page:

% The content of the [] brackets is arbitrary.


Bib File:

  title        = {Guide to LaTeX (Adobe Reader)},
  author       = {Kopka, H. and Daly, P.W.},
  isbn         = 9780321617743,
  year         = 2003,
  publisher    = {Pearson Education}



  • how to cite mulit pages with the same method? lets say from page 150 to 153. – Woeitg Jan 15 '17 at 12:15
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    The text is arbitrary in the brackets, so you can just write \cite[pp.~150--153]{kopka2003guide}. – JP-Ellis Jan 15 '17 at 12:18
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    Could you explain why you use a tilde (~) instead of a normal whitespace between p. and the page number? What are the advantages over using a whitespace? – Phonolog Jun 19 '17 at 7:12
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    The tilde ~ is a non-breaking space. Typically, LaTeX will prefer to break a line after a full stop (since this usually indicates the end of sentence), but in this case we want to avoid that hence the use of ~. – JP-Ellis Jun 19 '17 at 7:15
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    biblatex users don't need the p.~, a language-dependent page prefix will be added automatically (if the style wants a page prefix): \cite[150]{kopka2003guide} – moewe Sep 19 '18 at 12:17

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