[texhax] two questions about bibtex: notes field, and citations for different pages in a book

Christopher W. Ryan cryan at binghamton.edu
Wed Oct 15 12:20:55 CEST 2003

Thanks.  Just to clarify it for me:  if I have no unpublished 
manuscripts in my list of references, is the "note" field free for me 
to use as I wish?  Or should/can I create a new field in each record, 
into which I can scribble my own notes about the paper?

I will review all the documentation on the natbib package, to see how 
the page numbers work.  But briefly, would I need to put a separate 
citation in my bibtex file for each range of pages from a single book 
that I plan to cite?  Or do I just make one entry in my bibtex file for 
the book as a whole, and then put the page numbers in "manually," 
something like

blah blah blahblah \cite{Ryan2003 [pages 10-12]} blah blah

Thanks again for your help.
Christopher W. Ryan, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus at Binghamton
and Wilson Family Practice Residency
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On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 16:38:56 +0200, Jan Bruners wrote:
>Hi Christopher,
>the field will be used for unpublished manuscripts. With these
>items, BibTeX (or at least natbib) will require you to fill the note
>field with something like "Ms., University of California LA"
>Use natbib for your citations, and you can add the page numbers as
>an optional parameter (see the custom bib documentation to learn how
>to create custom bst files).
>Christopher W. Ryan wrote:
>>Two questions about bibtex:
>>1.  In each entry in my bibtex file, there is a field called "note"
>>"notes".  It is empty in just about all of them.  What is this
>>for?  I'm wondering if I can scribble in there my notes and
>>thoughts as
>>I read the article.  This would be useful when it comes time for me
>>write my manuscript.  But I wouldn't want the text in the "note"
>>to appear in a bibliography, of course.
>>2.  Suppose I have a book, which my manuscript will cite several
>>but with each citation referring to a different range of pages.
>>does bibtex/latex handle that?

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