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I'd like to generate a linked citation with a full author's name.

For instance, if I use

According to \citet{bob2000} apples are tasty.

And run with hyperref, I get the author's last name and a nice hyperlink to the bibliography. But I want the author's full name!

How can I achieve this? (BibLaTeX is also an option, but equally mysterious on this point.)

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Since you mentioned that biblatex is an option, perhaps this post will help you: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/24979/… – hpesoj626 Dec 8 '12 at 10:38

As it turned out, in this particular instance it worked well enough for me to modify the BibTeX source itself:

  title={An exposition on the tastiness of apples},
  author={{Bob T. Smith}}

Note the double brackets {{ and }} in the entry, which cause display of the full author string, rather than some formatting thereof.

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Congrats on finding this solution. The method you've found is called treating the author's name as if it were the name of a corporation. While it'll work to create the citation in the way you need, you may not like the fact that this author will now be listed in the references under B for Bob rather than under S for Smith. A solution is available, fortunately: see tex.stackexchange.com/a/31411/5001 for an example. Just insert an instruction such as \noop{smith} in the author field rather than in the year field. – Mico Dec 8 '12 at 11:26
Great. That's really a simple and useful solution. – Patrick Li Sep 18 '15 at 18:43
The solution method proposed in this answer has two potentially severe drawbacks. First, it requires that every name in every bib entry be modified using double braces. Second, if alphabetical sorting of the entries by surname rather than by first name is required, a suitable \noopsort{...} instruction has to be prefixed to every author field. Finally, if the formatting requirements should ever change, all the preceding edits of the author fields must be undone. In general, it seems like a much better idea to pursue a solution that modifies the bibliography style file suitably. – Mico Apr 29 at 14:18

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