I have multiple sections with enumerations in them. Given a reference, is it possible to get the section name it belongs to? And also the item number as well.

For example, given this code (with fictionary commands itemref and secref)

\section*{Example title}
    \item first one
    \item second one \label{ref:anchor}

\section*{Second title}
See item \itemref{ref:anchor} in section \secref{ref:anchor}.

the result would be

Example title
1. first one
2. second one

Second title
See item 2 in section "Example title".

I've found numerous ways to reference a section name, but as I understand it, the anchor must be the section itself, which wouldn't work in my case since I move items around in this document and I'd like it to be dynamic.

EDIT: I have a working solution with the enumitem package for the item number reference, so only the section name is missing.

  • 1
    With \section*, you're not going to have a section number.
    – TH.
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 6:54
  • @TH. That's intentional, since my section titles contain only numbers and it would be confusing. Hence my need to reference section with titles.
    – rubik
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 6:55

1 Answer 1


The zref package can help you out here.




\section*{Example title}
\item first one
\item second one\itemlabel{ref:anchor}

\section*{Second title}
See item~\itemref{ref:anchor} in Section \secref{ref:anchor}.

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The one real difference to what you posted is I defined an \itemlabel macro which you need to use in place of \label.

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    Thanks a lot, the zref packages seems really powerful. Your solution is perfect!
    – rubik
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 7:58

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