# biblatex, [AuthorYY] citations instead of numerical citations like [5]

I'm using biblatex and I would like citations to have the form [AuthorYY] instead of [number]. How can I do that?

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Which style are you using? Something like authoryear should be fine. –  Joseph Wright Feb 27 '11 at 11:43
What do you actually want? Do you want to cite like this: [Einstein05] or do you actually want something like Einstein (1905)? –  Seamus Feb 27 '11 at 12:10
I want [Einstein05]. –  Greg Graviton Feb 27 '11 at 17:21
You probably desire either the alphabetic style which generates citations of the form [Ein05] or the authoryear style which generates (Einstein 1905). –  lockstep Feb 27 '11 at 18:07
Removed {citations} tag because the question is about general (bibliography/citation) styles, not about a particular citation command. –  lockstep Feb 27 '11 at 18:49

If you want to change the form of your citations (and of the bibliography), choose another style, e.g. with \usepackage[style=alphabetic]{biblatex}. (\usepackage{biblatex} will choose numeric as the default style.) See section 3.3 of the manual for the available built-in styles.

Unless you have very specific requirements, there's no need to tinker with the existing citation commands. The two basic commands \autocite (style-independent command for bare citations, see section 3.6.4) and \textcite (for citations in the flow of the text, see section 3.6.2) should cover most of your needs.

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Thanks! The manual was so daunting that I did not dare to read it. :) –  Greg Graviton Feb 27 '11 at 17:28
You should check page 82 of the documentation. It explains the various citation commands. authoryear is indeed what you are looking for. In case it doesnt suit your needs you can of course make your own cite commands.
the documentation is present on your computer: run texdoc biblatex –  Herbert Feb 27 '11 at 11:59
@lockstep true. Was just saying in case he wasnt happy with the authoryear he could always create one himself =) –  Elmer Feb 27 '11 at 11:59