Usually I use \usepackage{dirtytalk} to typeset quotation marks, however this usepackage does not seem to work within a \textcite[Section: "This needs quotation 'marks'"]{source1} environment.

As indicated above, I need double quotation marks within the textcite option, where the last word in in single quotation marks.

Now, doulbe quotation marks can manually be achieved like ``This'' while single quotation marks can be type typeset like

 `this' .

However when typing the following

 Section: ``This needs quotation `marks'''

what is printed is not Section: "This needs quotation 'marks' " but Section: "This needs quotation 'marks" ' – i.e. the single and double quotation marks are in the wrong order.

How can I fix this?


  author       = {Knuth, Donald E.},
  title        = {The {\TeX book}},
  date         = 1984,
  maintitle    = {Computers \& Typesetting},
  volume       = {A},
  publisher    = {Addison-Wesley},
  location     = {Reading, Mass.},
  options      = {skipbib}



 \textcite[Section: ``This needs quotation `marks''']{source1}



  • 2
    I wouldn't use dirtytalk but rather \usepackage[english=american]{csquotes} and ` \textcite[Section: \enquote{This needs quotation \enquote{marks}}]{source1}. I think biblatex` often warns if csquotes is not loaded.
    – daleif
    Commented May 11, 2022 at 11:10
  • Thank you @daleif! This works perfectly
    – Pentaquark
    Commented May 11, 2022 at 11:30
  • I agree that csquotes is the way to go, but for a lazy solution, how about putting {} between ' and ''?
    – Gaussler
    Commented May 11, 2022 at 15:23

1 Answer 1


A solution could be to use


(biblatex already recommends the use of csquotes) and then

\textcite[Section: \enquote{This needs quotation \enquote{marks}}]{source1}

Note how the \enquote macro can be nested.

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