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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.

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  • How about booklet?
    – citsahcots
    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 @unpublished and @misc are always worth a try as a fallback type.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.
    – moewe
    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.
    – moewe
    Aug 7, 2021 at 16:53

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A quick experiment:

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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},
}
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    @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.)
    – moewe
    Aug 7, 2021 at 17:44
  • @moewe, cool. My answer was modified to reflect your comments.
    – citsahcots
    Aug 7, 2021 at 21:24

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