This is a follow up to 2 answered questions: Can one set up 2 kinds of shorthand lists in biblatex? and Can one use biblatex to print only title of related entry in bibliography?

I'm trying to combine these answers to produce a sectioned list of abbreviations and a sectioned bibliography.

I would like to have the section of the abbreviations of Frege's works give not the German titles but the related English titles.

David Purton's answer to the second question, defining a relatedtype={englishtitle} and a \newbibmacro*{related:englishtitle} solves the problem of having the Frege entries in the bibliography give the English titles.

In the MWE below I tried to put \usebibmacro{related:englishtitle} in a new driver \DeclareBibliographyDriver{fregeabbrevs}, to print the English Frege titles in the section of the abbreviations list:




  author        = {Frege, Gottlob},
  title         = {Über die Begriffsschrift des Herrn Peano und meine eigene},
  booktitle     = {Berichte über die Verhandlungen der Königlich Sächsischen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig: Mathematisch-physische Klasse},
  date          = {1897},
  pages         = {361--378},
  volume        = {48},
  related       = {Frege1984h},
  relatedtype   = {englishtitle},
  shorthand     = {PCN},
  author   = {Frege, Gottlob},
  title    = {On Mr. Peano's Conceptual Notation and My Own},
  date     = {1984},
  pages    = {234--248},
  crossref = {Frege1984},
  author     = {Frege, Gottlob},
  title      = {Collected Papers on Mathematics, Logic, and Philosophy},
  date       = {1984},
  location   = {Oxford},
  publisher  = {Blackwell},
  translator = {Black, Max},
  editor     = {McGuinness, Brian},
  shorthand  = {CP},
  author       = {Moore, G. E.},
  title        = {The Nature of Judgment},
  journaltitle = {Mind},
  date         = {1899},
  volume       = {8},
  number       = {30},
  pages        = {176--193},
  shorthand    = {NJ},
  author         = {Lewis, C. I.},
  title          = {A Survey of Symbolic Logic},
  date           = {1918},
  location       = {Berkeley, CA},
  publisher      = {University of California Press},
  series         = {Semicentennial publications of the University of California, 1868-1918},
  shorthand  = {SL}
  editor    = {Michael Beaney},
  title     = {The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy},
  date      = {2013},
  publisher = {Oxford University Press},
  location  = {Oxford},


% Main primary sources categories
            test {\ifdefstring{\namepartfamily}{#2}}         
            test {\ifdefstring{\namepartgiven}{#3}}

\generateauthorcategory{moore}{Moore}{G.\bibnamedelimi E.}

% Filter for other, i.e., not main, primary sources
not category=byfrege %
and not category=bymoore %

% Check to distinguish primary from secondary sources

% Generating entries for the 3 abbreviations lists

% Sorting the abbreviations lists
\DeclareSortingTemplate{fregeabbrevs}{ \sort[final]{ \field{sortshorthand} } \sort{ \field{shorthand} } }
\DeclareSortingTemplate{mainabbrevs}{ \sort[final]{ \field{sortshorthand} } \sort{ \field{shorthand} } }
\DeclareSortingTemplate{moreabbrevs}{ \sort[final]{ \field{sortshorthand} } \sort{ \field{shorthand} } }

    \printtext{English title:}%

% Drivers for printing abbreviations lists

% Environment for abbreviation lists, to italicize by \emph the shorthands

% Titles for 4 parts of Bibliography: two main authors, other primary sources, secondary sources


Full details of these works are in the Bibliography.

\printbiblist[env=abbrevs,title={Works of Frege}, heading=subbibtitleonly, category=byfrege]{fregeabbrevs}
\printbiblist[env=abbrevs,title={Works of Moore}, heading=subbibtitleonly, category=bymoore]{mainabbrevs}
\printbiblist[env=abbrevs,title={Other Primary Works}, heading=subbibtitleonly, check=primarysource, notcategory=byfrege, notcategory=bymoore]{moreabbrevs}



\printbibliography[title={Works by Frege}, heading=subbibtitleonly, category=byfrege]
\printbibliography[title={Works by Moore}, heading=subbibtitleonly, category=bymoore]
\printbibliography[title={Other Primary Sources}, heading=subbibtitleonly, check=primarysource, notcategory=byfrege, notcategory=bymoore]
\printbibliography[title={Secondary Sources}, heading=subbibtitleonly, check=secondarysource, notcategory=byfrege, notcategory=bymoore]


But the result yields no titles at all:

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So, how to put the English title, "On Mr. Peano's Conceptual Notation and My Own," after PCN, and before the date?

Another couple of questions:

  • There is a period after "The Nature of Judgment", but a comma after A Survey of Symbolic Logic; how can I make them uniformly commas?
  • Can the comma be made to appear inside the closing quote of the title, i.e.: "The Nature of Judgment,"?



to get the English title.

Your punctuation is not uniform because all \DeclareBibliographyDrivers but \DeclareBibliographyDriver{moreabbrevs} use \newunit while the latter uses \setunit{\addcomma\space}. You can either define \renewcommand*{\newunitpunct}{\addcomma\space} and use \newunit; or you use \setunit{\addcomma\space} everywhere. What is better depends on what you want in the actual bibliography. If you want commas there as well, use \renewcommand*{\newunitpunct}{\addcomma\space}; if you want to keep the full stops there, you need to go for explicit \setunit{\addcomma\space} elsewhere.

The comma is moved inside the quotation marks if you load babel with the american language option.

  • For some reason I can only move the comma inside with \usepackage[american]{babel} \usepackage[english=american]{csquotes} Using \usepackage{polyglossia} \setmainlanguage[variant=american]{english} doesn't work. But alas I need fontspec; are the commands I'm using for polyglossia incorrect? Or is there some other method for working with polyglossia? – ss1789 Feb 13 '18 at 15:03
  • @ss1789 In your MWE it is enough to just load \usepackage[american]{babel}. It also worked for me with \usepackage{csquotes}, the exact settings of csquotes are not relevant here. – moewe Feb 13 '18 at 15:08
  • @ss1789 Ah OK. You can use babel with XeLaTeX/LuaLaTeX and fontspec, you don't have to use polyglossia. If you are writing in English I would even prefer babel over polyglossia. polyglossia support in biblatex is not perfect and polyglossia development seems to have stalled in recent years. – moewe Feb 13 '18 at 15:10

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