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UPDATE (September 2016):

The issue described below has been brought to the attention of the biblatex-chicago developer. He will be looking into making the package more compatible with the standard biblatex. As of now it is not possible to use biblatex fields such as eventdate, eventtitle, and eventtitleaddon, with biblatex-chicago.


I've had a hard time to figure out how to deal with papers presented at conferences, lectures, and the like. Neither the biblatex nor the biblatex-chicago manuals are very helpful on this.

Chicago Manual of Style (and I believe others too) recommend including "sponsorship, location, and date of the meeting at which a speech was given or a paper presented," which should follow the title (see CMoS 14.226—14.227). So they should look more or less like:

Antelope, Antonia. "Some Title." Lecture, Unicorn University, New York, April 1, 2008.

Bear, Bruno. "Title of Talk." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Research Association, San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2015.

The manual doesn't say anything about what happens to the date when the year moves to the front in the author-date system.
UPDATE: I just got an email from the CMoS staff responding to this question saying "There is no need to repeat the year at the end." So it would be in author-date:

Bear, Bruno. 2015. "Title of Talk." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of The Research Association, San Francisco, CA, May 15.

Now I couldn't figure out how to create correct bibliography entries for these cases. Concerning the correct type, @conference is now a legacy alias for @inproceedings, the latter works well for papers that have been included in some proceedings, but not for unpublished ones.

And concerning the fields to use, venue seemed to be designed for the location, as in the biblatex manual it is described as the "location of a conference, symposium, …" but the field is completely ignored in biblatex-chicago. biblatex also includes eventdate, eventtitle, and eventtitleaddon, but none of them is printed with the -chicago version.

So with:

@inproceedings{conferencetest,
    Author = {Antelope, Antonia},
    Eventdate = {2008-03-01},
    Eventtitle = {Lecture},
    Organization = {Unicorn University},
    Title = {Some Title},
    Venue = {New York},
    Year = {2008}}

I get only:

Antelope, Antonia. 2008. “Some Title.” Unicorn University.

There are a few other related questions here and here but they don't really provide satisfying solutions, either recommending using the @misc category, or @unpublished.

Of course, one can simply put everything in a titleaddon field, but since there are already dedicated fields for everything, it doesn't seem to me to be the ideal approach.

So is there any way how to get venue, eventtitle, eventdate, etc. to print in biblatex-chicago? Or how else to handle them?

closed as off-topic by moewe, Andrew, user13907, Torbjørn T., egreg Sep 20 '16 at 9:08

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  • If the biblatex-chicago style does not implement a @talk-like entry type or a @conference type that is not really an @inproceedings, you will have to go with what is available (@misc, @unpublished, maybe even @report again ...), you can of course ask the maintainer nicely to implement this entry type if the CMS has specific directions on it (after all biblatex-chicago implements the @music, @video, @audio, @artwork entry types). – moewe Aug 22 '16 at 7:19
  • @moewe I have a draft of an email to David, with a few suggestions (also from the other posts), but wanted to make sure that I'm not missing anything and also gather all ideas first, to not have to write multiple emails. — I'm wondering though, is there a way to get standard biblatex functionality back into biblatex-chicago? Since the former does have all the necessary fields defined already... – jan Aug 22 '16 at 9:10
  • As far as I know, biblatex-chicago is written from scratch and does not make use of any of the standard biblatex styles (except of course biblatex.def). – moewe Aug 22 '16 at 9:14
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    @moewe Yes I did, he was very thankful for the feedback (also about the other issue w/ gentextcite) and will be looking into adding more biblatex features. The problem was he started developing biblatex-chicago when many of the field referred to above did not exist yet. — You could either close the question, or I could add a note on top that this might be addressed in future releases of the package. (So others won't try this as it won't work.) – jan Sep 18 '16 at 11:37
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it effectively amounts to a feature request to the biblatex-chicago author. The author is notified and will look into it. – moewe Sep 20 '16 at 6:58