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I'd like to put a note inside \cite brackets, at the beginning, like this:

[e.g. 19,20]

with the space being non-breaking.

The optional argument makes puts something at the end:



[19;, 20, e.g.]

(though there are more commas and semicolons than I would like).

Is there a package or some other magic that will achieve this?

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You should be able to write \cite[e.g.][]{cite} – Seamus Jul 20 '11 at 16:45
@Seamus, that doesn't work for me unfortunately. :/ – Reid Jul 21 '11 at 21:11

The citing commands of biblatex feature a second optional argument that does what you want. Note that if you only want to add a citation prenote, you have to use both optional arguments (with the postnote argument empty).




  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},



See \autocite[99]{A01}.

See \autocite[e.\,g.][99]{A01}.

See \autocite[e\,.g.][]{A01}.


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Ah, OK. I think for the current project it may be too late in the game to introduce fundamental new stuff like biblatex, but I will definitely keep it in mind for the future. – Reid Jul 21 '11 at 21:12
@Reid: What bibliography packages, if any, do you use? IIRC, the second optional argument isn't a biblatex-exclusive trick. – lockstep Jul 21 '11 at 21:15

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