When I need to cite a range of pages in a source, I (well, LaTeX) write:
See Smith (2010:30–34)
Similarly, when I need to reference a range of sections, I write:
See Smith (2010:§§3.1–3.4)
For a reference of a single chapter:
See Smith (2010:ch. 3)
But today, for the first time ever, I need to reference a range of chapters. What is the proper way of doing this? My first instinct was to go with
See Smith (2010:chs. 3–6)
But then I realized that I had never seen chs. as an abbreviation of chapters, so I tried
See Smith (2010:ch. 3-6)
Which is weird because it looks like I’m talking about just one chapter. And then
See chapters 3 through 6 of Smith (2010)
Just looks unwieldy. So the questions are:
- Is there a convention for this particular type of citation?
- If not, what looks best to you, personally?