I would like to cite a particular volume within a multi-volume book that is the collected works of some author.

The collected works were edited by an editor. I am using a custom .bst file that I created via

latex makebst

What would be the correct BibTeX entry? Note that I am forced to use BibTeX only and unfortunately cannot resort to biblatex or the like.

  • A typical entry: @BOOK{author, author = {Author}, title = {Title}, publisher = {Publisher}, year = {Year} } In my case there would be another entry "editor". I am not bound to a specific .bst file. If there are any standard .bst files that allow me to cite a multivolume book, that's fine with me. But I don't want to fiddle with internal stuff at this point. Of course, I could further customize my .bst file by writing a function FUNCTION {multivolumebook} { ... } but I am simply wondering, if there are is a standard way of doing this.
    – Aton
    Oct 24, 2012 at 21:00

1 Answer 1


Consider to use biblatex. Here's how an entry of your desired type looks like with biblatex (taken from biblatex-examples.bib):

  hyphenation = {british},
  author = {Coleridge, Samuel Taylor},
  editor = {Coburn, Kathleen and Engell, James and Bate, W. Jackson},
  indextitle = {Biographia literaria},
  title = {Biographia literaria, or Biographical sketches of my literary life
    and opinions},
  shorttitle = {Biographia literaria},
  maintitle = {The collected works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge},
  part = {2},
  volume = {7},
  series = {Bollingen Series},
  number = {75},
  publisher = {Routledge and Kegan Paul},
  location = {London},
  date = {1983},
  annotation = {One (partial) volume of a multivolume book. This is a
    \texttt{book} entry with a \texttt{volume} and a \texttt{part} field
    which explicitly refers to the second (physical) part of the seventh
    (logical) volume. Also note the \texttt{series} and \texttt{number}

Compilable example:








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  • Thanks for your answer! Unfortunately, I am forced to use BibTeX in this case.
    – Aton
    Oct 24, 2012 at 19:01
  • @Aton In that case, edit your question accordingly and also state which .bst style you're currently using. Perhaps someone can suggest a suitable non-biblatex solution then.
    – lockstep
    Oct 24, 2012 at 19:04
  • The question explicitly mentions BibTeX.
    – Aton
    Oct 24, 2012 at 19:15
  • @Aton biblatex can also be used with BibTeX (the program) and uses .bib files, so it wasn't clear to me if biblatex was a no-go in your case.
    – lockstep
    Oct 24, 2012 at 19:17
  • Thanks for the clarification! I added a corresponding remark.
    – Aton
    Oct 24, 2012 at 19:22

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