# How should I cite the "Short Math Guide for LaTeX"?

For purposes of creating a BibTeX entry for the 2017 edition of the Short Math Guide for LaTeX, version 2.0 by Downes and Beeton, what type of document is it? Is it a report, a book, a manuscript, misc, or something else? An entry in Google Scholar for a previous version of the guide lists it as a book, which seems incorrect for such a short document. OTOH, it lacks a report number, so maybe isn't a report either.

• How about booklet? Aug 7, 2021 at 15:51
• To some degree the 'best' input also depends on what you want to get out and on the style you (intend to) use. From the standard BibTeX styles I would seriously consider @manual, although the already mentioned @booklet could also work. @unpublished and @misc are always worth a try as a fallback type. If you use biblatex, you could additionally look into @online. Aug 7, 2021 at 16:52
• I too would be reluctant to go for @techreport, because there is no report series and number. And even though @book might not feel quite right, it could work as well. Aug 7, 2021 at 16:53

A quick experiment:

a.tex:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
Book~\cite{downes2017short}.
Booklet~\cite{downes2017short-booklet}.
Manual~\cite{downes2017short-manual}.
\bibliographystyle{abbrv}
\bibliography{a}
\end{document}


a.bib:

@book{downes2017short,
title =    {Short math guide for {\LaTeX}},
author =   {Downes, Michael},
year =     2017,
edition =  {second},
publisher =    {American Mathematical Society},
}

@booklet{downes2017short-booklet,
title =    {Short math guide for {\LaTeX}},
author =   {Downes, Michael},
year =     2017,
note =     {Second edition},
howpublished = {American Mathematical Society},
}

@manual{downes2017short-manual,
title =    {Short math guide for {\LaTeX}},
author =   {Downes, Michael},
year =     2017,
edition =  {second},
organization = {American Mathematical Society},
}

• @manuals have organization as functional equivalent of @book's publisher. @booklet has no such thing, but one could use howpublished. (I'm referring here to the BibTeX base styles as documented in mirrors.ctan.org/biblio/bibtex/base/btxdoc.pdf, of course things can be different with other styles.) Aug 7, 2021 at 17:44