# Biblatex-SBL special literature

I am using biblatex-sbl and I have two problems with this style for my bibliography, though I have checked this file: https://ctan.math.illinois.edu/macros/latex/contrib/biblatex-contrib/biblatex-sbl/biblatex-sbl-examples.pdf#page=22&zoom=100,0,714

1. but how to cite a publication within a series with a compund-name? As an example, there is the series "CSCO" with several sub-categories (such as "Subsidia"). I know that some scholars invent something like "CSCOSub.", and this can be a possibility:

@mvbook{Voobus.1988,
author = {V{\"o}{\"o}bus, Arthur},
date = {1958/1988},
title = {History of asceticism in the Syrian orient. A contribution to the history of culture in the Near East},
location = {Louvain},
volumes = {3},
shorttitle = {History of asceticism},
series = {Corpus scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium, Subsidia},
shortseries = {CSCO.Sub},
number = {184/197/500; 14/17/81*},
keywords = {sekundaer},
publisher = {Secr{\'e}tariat du Corpus SCO},
isbn = {978-90-429-0541-2},
}


Result:

Vööbus, Arthur: History of asceticism in the Syrian orient. A contribution to the history of culture in the Near East. 3 vols. CSCO 184.197.500, Subsidia 14.17.81, Louvain 1988.

But, I am wondering if it is possible to mention both series separate such as:

Vööbus, Arthur: History of asceticism in the Syrian orient. A contribution to the history of culture in the Near East. 3 vols. CSCO 184.197.500, Subsidia 14.17.81, Louvain 1988.

1. There is a two-volume book by a scholar. Only the second volume was reprinted and I was wondering how to mention this reference in the bibliography-file. Any hints?
• Ideally questions on this site revolve only about one issue. It would make sense to split your two sub-questions into two separate questions. That way you don't scare away those who only know the answer to one part of the question, you also make your question more relevant for other people with similar issues. Jun 8 '19 at 11:38
• A book with multiple series is possible. But it's a little tricky. See github.com/dcpurton/biblatex-sbl/issues/55 Jun 8 '19 at 11:40
• Also, your two outputs in your question look the same… Jun 8 '19 at 11:42
• As for your second question, your could treat the two volumes as separate bibliography entries. This is acceptable in SBL style. Jun 8 '19 at 11:50

Your question and desired output are not quite clear, but this might get you started.

The example output is taken from https://sblhs2.com/2017/03/02/separating-multiple-series/.

I'm not sure if things should be different for a sub-category as you've asked about here. But you could ask a question on the SBL Blog.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@mvbook{Voobus.1988,
author = {Vööbus, Arthur},
title = {History of Asceticism in the {Syrian Orient}},
subtitle = {A Contribution to the History of Culture in the {Near East}},
shorttitle = {History of Asceticism},
volumes = {3},
location = {Louvain},
publisher = {Secrétariat du Corpus SCO},
date = {1958/1988}
}
@series{CSCO,
series = {Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium},
shortseries = {CSCO},
options = {skipbib}
}
\end{filecontents}
\usepackage[style=sbl,ibidtracker=false,idemtracker=false]{biblatex}
\begin{document}
\null\vfill
Filler text \autocite{Voobus.1988}.
Filler text \autocite{Voobus.1988}.
\printbiblist{abbreviations}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


• You probably know this, but I should probably warn other readers that \cite commands in the bibliography can sometimes have unwanted side-effects. See tex.stackexchange.com/q/397975/35864 and tex.stackexchange.com/q/435162/35864 for example. Jun 8 '19 at 12:02
• @moewe, yes! I think my \citeseries command is safer. Jun 8 '19 at 12:11
• Thanks for the solution! I am wondering about the division between title and subtitle. Can you say how I can change the colon into a normal point between title and subtitle? Jun 8 '19 at 12:41
• @anonym, if a sub-series should be treated differently from a general multiple series case, it might make sense for me to add fields: subseries, shortsubseries, and subnumber. Or something like that. You could submit an issue at github.com/dcpurton/biblatex-sbl Jun 8 '19 at 13:18
• @anonym, please ask a new question and include an appropriate MWEB. It makes it more useful for others to find. (And I'm about to go to bed, so you might get an answer sooner from others.) Jun 8 '19 at 14:53