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I'm new to LaTeX and I'm using abbrv as bibliographystyle. I want to to refer to a paper in the middle of the sentence and I want the name of the author to appear in the text as well. Is there any way to do that?

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Welcome to TeX.sx! –  Vivi Dec 13 '12 at 21:38
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Possible duplicate: How do I cite author in Latex? (changing the plainnat to abbrvnat in the first answer should work) –  henrique Dec 13 '12 at 23:36
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You can use the natbib package with the abbrvnat style, and then citing with \citet{CitationKey} (includes the year), or \citeauthor{CitationKey}.

There is also the apacite package that let you cite authors with \citeA{CitationKey}, or \shortciteA{CitationKey}, and you will get the author name and the year in your text.

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