# How to cite a paper I didn't read?

The problem I have is that a paper that is cited by other papers I've read is not to be found. I've read only its abstract. I understand that what I want should look like

Featherstone et al 1900 (as cited in Thomas and Cullen 2002)

but I have no idea how to do it in LaTeX or BibTeX for that matter. I have no idea how to Google it either. I hope there's a way to do it.

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Oh damn, I thought this was about how to avoid reading stuff and still citing it :D –  benjaoming May 31 at 23:08
I don't think you need a Q&A site to know how to do that :) –  Aleksandar Savkov Jun 1 at 8:05

Using biblatex, the solution would be similar. In in-text citation could be \textcite{featherstone1900} (assuming that's the .bib entry) and the parenthetical reference could be \parencite[as cited in][]{thomas-cullen2002} (again assuming that's the .bib entry).

Note, however, that biblatex offers a lot more in the way of citation commands, including especially \autocite and \smartcite, which are really clever at doing things 'right' given the citation style you have specified. If that's not enough, there are several dozen(!) variations of \*cite* commands. No other package matches this level of flexibility for bibliographies and citations.

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Thanks, that seems like the way to go. I need to migrate my whole bibliography though :) –  Aleksandar Savkov Jul 16 '12 at 23:03

In LaTeX, you can try \citet{featherstone00} (as cited in \citealt{thomas02}) or something similar. Read the natbib manual or check http://merkel.zoneo.net/Latex/natbib.php.

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Featherstone and colleagues \citep[as cited in][]{TC2002}