I am using biblatex-chicago, current version (0.9.9b), with biber. I am loading babel with the british option in order to get the punctuation right (I need logical quoting). However, this also changes the style of the outer quotation marks from double to single, which is not what I want.

I tried loading babel with english and switching autopunct off by setting it to false, but this does not solve my problem.

Is there a way of retaining double quotation marks in in-text references and the bibliography, and still set the main language to british?

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    Can you post a small example of what you're doing? With a simple test document I get double quotes for both language options for e.g. article titles.
    – Alan Munn
    Dec 19, 2012 at 1:58

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How are you dealing with csquotes and biblatex-chicago? This works for me:

  author =   {Smith, John},
  title =    {Some Article Title for a Journal},
  journal =  {Journal of Tests},
  date =     2000,
  volume =   33,
  number =   2,
  pages =    {100--150}}


\usepackage[strict=true, style=american]{csquotes}%

    % either:
  % american% <-- compile twice if you switch
    % or:

\usepackage[notes, backend=biber]{biblatex-chicago}% 

The current language is: \languagename.



If I switch the call to babel, and compile twice, I get the 'illogical' punctuation (North) Americans favour.

And from \listfiles:

biblatex-chicago.sty    2012/12/06 v 2.4 biblatex style  
biblatex.sty    2012/12/01 v2.4 programmable bibliographies (PK/JW/AB)  
biblatex2.sty    2012/12/01 v2.4 programmable bibliographies (biber) (PK/JW/AB)
chicago-notes.bbx    2012/12/06 v 2.4 biblatex bibliography style     
chicago-notes.cbx    2012/12/06 v 2.4 biblatex citationstyle          
english.lbx    2012/12/01 v2.4 biblatex localization (PK/JW/AB)
british.lbx    2012/12/01 v2.4 biblatex localization (PK/JW/AB)
cms-british.lbx    2011/09/28 v 1.6 biblatex localization 
  • Using \usepackage[british]{babel} with \usepackage[style=american]{csquotes} and \usepackage[authordate,backend=biber]{biblatex-chicago} does the trick for me. Before I had csquotes load with babel, which of course resulted in single quotes. Thank you!
    – icetea275
    Dec 19, 2012 at 21:23
  • @icetea275 -- Glad it worked!
    – jon
    Dec 19, 2012 at 22:22

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