I'm using JabRef to construct a bibliography database and I would like to add one of the Hazus technical manuals into the database. However the title of the manual I'm interested has multiple lines, each in a different font:

Multi-hazard Loss Estimation Methodology

Earthquake Model

Hazus-MH 2.1

Technical Manual

I'm not sure how this ought to be included in an entry like this:

  title        = {What to put here?},
  author       = {{Federal Emergy Management Agency Mitigation Division}},
  organization = {{Department of Homeland Security}},

Any thoughts? Thanks for your help.


It may depend on your style. But I think I'd do:

    title        = {Multi-hazard Loss Estimation Methodology: Eathquake Model (Technical Manual)},
    edition      = {Hazus-MH~2.1},
    author       = {{Federal Energy Management Agency Mitigation Division}},
    organization = {{Department of Homeland Security}},

Which seems to preserve the semantics pretty well. As far as I can see the numbers are effectively version numbers, so they belong in "edition". You should have a date as well, probably. It seems (see comments) that "Technical Manual" needs to go in there somewhere to avoid ambiguity. If you were using biblatex I would put everything after "Methodology" in a subtitle field.

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  • The case you make is quite convincing, except that I am using JabRef which doesn't seem to allow the "subtitle field" for a Manual. Do you have any idea what's going on there? – user32882 Dec 6 '19 at 11:50
  • Also nowhere in the entry is the "Technical Manual" part of the title included... – user32882 Dec 6 '19 at 12:49
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    Ah. If you are using bibtex, not biblatex (sorry to be slow), I'd just stick the Subtitle as part of the title! The technical manual I would not regard as part of the title: it's a description (like "book"). It's quite useless information for the reader. Is there some other work with the same title which differs only in not being a technical manual? But if you disagree, or if there is some other work, stick that in the title as well! – Paul Stanley Dec 6 '19 at 12:50
  • Well yes. There is the user manual: fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1820-25045-1179/… – user32882 Dec 6 '19 at 12:54
  • I just modified the link in my original question to link to the actual PDF of the Technical manual – user32882 Dec 6 '19 at 12:55

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