# Is there a volcite version of notecite in biblatex-chicago?

I would like to have biblatex-chicago automatically format the volume and page numbers of a reference to a multivolume work but without printing anything else. In other words, I want a version of the \notecite command for multivolume works. If in fact this does not yet exist, it could be dubbed "\notevolcite".

MWE:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[notes]{biblatex-chicago}

\begin{document}
\notecite[22]{knuth:ct}
\end{document}


I would like to be able to change \notecite[22]{knuth:ct} to \notevolcite{3}[22]{knuth:ct} to produce the output:

vol. 3, p. 22

or, when using the abbreviated colon formatting:

3:22

You can build a \volcite version of every \cite...-like command defined with \DeclareCiteCommand by prefixing it with \volcitecmd.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[notes]{biblatex-chicago}

\newrobustcmd*{\notevolcite}{\volcitecmd\notecite}
\newrobustcmd*{\Notevolcite}{\volcitecmd\Notecite}

\begin{document}
\cite[22]{knuth:ct}

\notecite[22]{knuth:ct}

\volcite{3}[22]{knuth:ct}

\notevolcite{3}[22]{knuth:ct}
\end{document}


Multicite commands (those ending in s, e.g. \cites, \parencites, ...) can be turned into a \volcite command with \multivolcitecmd. This is not shown in the MWE because there is no \notevolcites (after all, that command would probably create more confusion than clarity).

• Thank you! Now that you answered the question, I realize this syntax looks familiar; I should have been able to come up with it based on your answers to earlier queries. Thank you for your patience. Hopefully I will finally learn this syntax for the future! – Alex Roberts Feb 11 at 17:59