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Other Citing the Same Reference with Different Page Numbers?

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  1. Apr 16, 2016 #1
    I am not certain this is the best place to post this, but not sure General Physics would have been appropriate either. Feel free to move this.

    I am writing a paper for a quantum physics class, and the professor wants the paper to be in the APS (Physical Review) style. I looked through their style documentation and did not find advice on what I should do if I wanted to cite different pages from the same source in my paper. For example, I want to cite page 8-11 and page 9-2 of the Feynman lectures vol III, but there are other references in between. If I used the same \cite{blabla} after other citations, my numbers are out of order (and according to their style guide that is a no no). Should I just cite the same source again with different page references? Ibid would not work here because there would be another reference in between in the biblio section.

    You might ask me why I don't just email the professor. The quick answer is he rarely responds to his emails, so I post here and get a sure response in a timely manor.

    Thanks,
    KQ6UP
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2016 #2
    I don't know the answer with certainty, but I'll share with you what I have generally seen in case you run out of time or if others are not able to answer:

    I don't normally see people separating the same reference into two based on the pages as exampled.1,2 What I have seen is the two combined into a single reference and repeat use of the citation.3

    1. F. Lastname, "Title 1", Some Paper, Vol. 1(1), pp. 1-10 (1945).
    2. F. Lastname, "Title 1", Some Paper, Vol. 1(1), pp. 12-15 (1945).
    3. F. Lastname, "Title 1", Some Paper, Vol. 1(1), pp. 1-15 (1945).

    Just note that I am using a very generic format and making arbitrary components. My basis is from reading many papers in my research projects, and I use to be an assistant for a technical writer. Luckily, your project is for a class and the paper wont be rejected, but this also makes sense because your suggestion - in my eyes - is the equivalent of making a new reference for every page in a more extreme/exaggerated case.

    I hope this helps, and I look forward to insight from others.
     
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