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As far as I'm aware, Chicago style requires that page numbers be included in bracketed citations where available, for example (Name 2020, 15-17).

I am using \autocite{test} on a resource that looks like:

@book{test,
  title={Book Title},
  author={Name},
  date={2020},
  pages={15-17}
}

but the ouput of the autocite is (Name 2020), without the page numbers.

The specification for the biblatex-chicago authordate citation format gives usage examples including page numbers as I described, but I am not getting them for some reason. Am I missing something?

TIA

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  • I would have thought that normally with a book, you wouldn't include the pages in the bib entry and instead include them in the citation: \autocite[15-17]{test}. Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 0:47
  • @DavidPurton That's it, that's what I was missing! Thank you :) Commented Mar 5, 2020 at 5:29

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Although some entry types make use of the pages field (e.g., @article, @inbook, @incollection, etc.) it wouldn't be usual to include a pages field for @book. And biblatex-chicago never prints the pages field in citations with its author date style, only in the bibliography.

Instead you should put the pages in the citation postnote like this:

\autocite[15-17]{test}

This will give:

(Name 2020, 15–17)

You can also use the prenote argument for \autocite:

\autocite[See][15-17]{test}

which gives:

(See Name 2020, 15–17)

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