This is not a specific LaTeX question, hence why I post it here.

I am typing a report for a project. I use multiple sections of a handbook (say, page 113-116, a bit later 389-390, etc.). What is the proper way to deal with this? Should I include a separate citation for each? I've looked at the IEEE editorial standard but they don't mention this.

LaTeX thing: If yes, is there a way to do it with bibtex without copy-pasting the entire thing in my .bib file and just changing page number?

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In LaTeX you can simply write:

 Bla bla bla \cite[p.~3]{ReferenceKey}.

which produces

Bla bla bla [1, p. 3].

where [1] corresponds to key ReferenceKey.

For more information, you might find this video enlightening (2:28) http://libraryguides.vu.edu.au/ieeereferencing/gettingstarted

  • I edited to restructure so the answer appears at the top. I hope that's okay. I'm not sure what "(2:28)" means nor why you include As a result..., perhaps the latter is supposed to be an example? I've assumed so and included as a block quote, by all means revise if that wasn't intended.
    – user2768
    Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 6:36
  • @user2768 (2:28) is the time of the video at which there is the relevant piece of information. Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 6:39

In the IEEE editorial standard you linked to, you will find the answer on page one in the books section. Example [2] says:

[2] L. Stein, “Random patterns,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New York: Wiley, 1994, pp. 55-70.

Computers and You is the book title. "Random patterns" is the cited section/chapter.

If you wanted to cite another section/chapter of the same book (let's say with title "X", author A. Nobody and on pages 100-110) you would have to add a second reference in the bibliography:

[3] A. Nobody, “X,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New York: Wiley, 1994, pp. 100-110.

  • I knew how to do a book reference/citation. The question I had was how to deal with it being referenced multiple times. I wasn't sure it I just had to add the reference again with a different page number. I could image it was not the case, since in my case you would have 5 identical references with exception of the page numbers
    – Joren Vaes
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 11:19
  • The example I showed is for a book called Computers and You where each section/chapter has another author and the book itself has an editor called S. Brake. Are you talking about a book without editor(s) and only overall author(s)? If so, you have two options: 1) Add the book as one reference in the bibliography giving only the overall page numbers. Then you have to be precise in the in-text-citation. 2) Add each section you want to cite seperately as shown above (giving the section in quotation marks and the book in italic). Then you have the exact page ranges for each section. Commented May 21, 2017 at 11:38

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