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When citing like [Source, ch.number], is there a particular symbol that could or should replace the "ch." abbreviation?

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No. The standard abbreviations are Ch. and Chap.

…or at least, if there is such a symbol, Unicode doesn’t know about it yet — and Unicode is pretty comprehensive, including characters as diverse as the inverted interrobang ⸘, biohazard sign ☣, and snowman ☃, not to mention the Shavian alphabet and much, much, much more.

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Ugh. They should have got a typographer to proofread their sketches of the alphabet. It’s utterly unreadable, the letters are much too thin, too vertical and too similar. (“·𐑖𐑱𐑝𐑾𐑯 𐑨𐑤𐑓𐑩𐑚𐑧𐑑”). –  Konrad Rudolph Apr 11 '11 at 7:16

I have seen lawyers use the section symbol, §, to denote sections of a document that would be chapters in book form, but I'm not sure if it's entirely applicable to your situation.

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At least in some technical writing, a section is typically a subdivision of a chapter; so while § is used for sections, they are specifically different from chapters. –  PLL Apr 10 '11 at 20:47
    
The U.S. legal code is generally referenced by title and section, the latter indicated by section symbol (§). In the U.S. Code, the sections are combined into chapters within a title, but the chapter number is not explicitly cited, and so no abbreviation is used for it. The size of a section can vary from a single sentence to a very large number of pages. See the Wikipedia article for more details. –  mgkrebbs Apr 10 '11 at 21:07

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