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Author's bibliography - Is it possible?

Question asked by cirerita on Jun 11, 2009
Latest reply on Jun 11, 2009 by philmodjunk


Author's bibliography - Is it possible?




I would like to create an author's bibliography -with over 2,000 entries, each of them with several fields- and I was wondering if FileMaker is suitable for this as it is quite different from from the Works Cited or Bibliography section of an article, a M.A. or a PhD. There are bibliographic programs out there, but most of them -if not all- are designed to create standard bibliographies, not a single author's one, which might require a powerful database software such as FileMaker. 

What follows is an example of how I would like to display the data; the information in [] shouldn't appear, but I need it to show it here to make as clear as possible what I need in each field.

[1 - entry number] Misnomer [magazine name] 1 [volume/issue], June 1994 [date]. Will Robson, ed. [editor] Tronic Press [press]: La Honda, CA [place]
[contents - poems]: no chance - broken toys - bayonets in candlelight

[2 - entry number] Living on Luck [book title]. Sudden Death Press [press]: Chicago, IL, [place] 1999 [date].
[contents - poems]:  odd endings - don't come around - no chance [there are more poem titles, but no need to list them all]

So I would need these 2 entries displayed thus in a doc, pdf, html, etc, file [the bibliography would be chronologically arranged]:
1. Misnomer 1, June 1994. Will Robson, ed. Tronic Press: La Honda, CA.
no chance - broken toys - bayonets in candlelight
2. Living on Luck. Sudden Death Press: Chicago, IL, 1999.
odd endings - don't come around - no chance

Then, in the alphabetical "index of poems" at the end of the bibliography, I would need this:
bayonets in candlelight: 1
broken toys: 1
don't come around: 2
no chance: 1, 2
odd endings: 2

The problem here, if any, is how to tell FileMaker to list in the "index of poems" the number entries after each poem title. Of course, if you can think of any other way to tell the reader where to find each poem, I'd love to hear it. I just thought that listing the entry number(s) after each poem in the "index of poems" should be the easiest and shortest way to do  so, but  I've been known to  be wrong many a time!