I've been informed by my publisher that if I'm using a shorthand for a work, I should use it for every citation, including the first one. (Obviously, the full reference will appear in the list of shorthands and in the bibliography.) The closest I've seen to this question is here, but the solution for biblatex (verbose) of course doesn't work with biblatex-chicago.




author = {Firstname Lastname},
title = {A Book},
shorthand = {Book},
date = {1898},
address = {City},



Have a sentence.\autocite{lastname98}



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This one actually is in the manual (p137):

User laudecir requested a way to present a shorthand even in the first citation of a given work. The new shorthandfirst option in the notes & bibliography style can be set to true either in the preamble or in individual entries, and should make this functionality simpler to activate than the \shorthandcite command.

And indeed \usepackage[notes,shorthandibid,backend=biber,addendum=false,sorting=nyt,giveninits=true,useprefix=false,shorthandfull,shorthandfirst]{biblatex-chicago} results in: enter image description here

  • Oops, hm, yeah, I might be looking at an out-of-date version of the manual--mine doesn't have that many pages! I shall download a new one, so thanks very much for bringing this to my attention.
    – Erika
    Jun 4, 2019 at 17:15
  • Haha I had the same question and the same problem. Had to download the newest manual.
    – Paul
    Jan 21, 2021 at 6:57

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