Like the title says. I have supranotes=true in the options for the package. I have two footnotes (made with \footcite{}) with another footnote in between so I don't just get "ibid". But still the footnote is printed with the usual information, no "supra". The biblatex-chicago manual says "you’ll only see it in certain sorts of citation, automatically controlled by biblatex-chicago in accordance with the Bluebook specification". What kind of citations are these?

  • Which style do you use? notes or authordate?
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 19:07
  • @moewe, as far as I could gr[e|as]p both styles use the supra facilities, but in not precisely identical ways.
    – gusbrs
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 19:09

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Checking the sources of biblatex-chicago we find supra related content in the bibmacros cite:short:legislation, cite:short:legal and cite:shorthand:legal which are applied to their respective entrytypes: legislation and legal.

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    That makes sense since the Bluebook is a style guide for legal citations and the CMS defers to the Bluebook when it comes to citations of case law and legislations.
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 19:06
  • Oh, I see. I only tried for the @book and @article bibliography entry types so that's why it doesn't work. But I think it's correct to use supra for anything. I've seen other authors in law use it for articles for example. Do you know if I can expand it to work for other entry types?
    – user.S
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 21:42
  • @user.S What is "correct" or "incorrect" is a matter of standard, and biblatex-chicago tries to follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
    – gusbrs
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 22:46

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