# How to make the author's name appear in my citations

Can someone please help me out of this problem? My references now suddenly appear as (21) instead of the usual (Ferrero, 1997). I don't know what I did wrong. I would really appreciate a quick response. Thank you

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You have probably changed your citing style from author-year to numeric. What do you use to handle your bibliography? biblatex? natbib+bibtex? A minimal working example (MWE) could help. –  Corentin Jan 9 '13 at 11:21

Using the package natbib you would get the references by the following MWE

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{natbib}
\usepackage{lipsum} %just to get some text
\begin{document}

\lipsum[1] \citep{Ferrero:1997} \lipsum[2] \citet{Doe:1999}.

\begin{thebibliography}{}

\bibitem[Ferrero, 1997]{Ferrero:1997}
Fererro, X.Y., 1997. text of the rest of the reference.

\bibitem[Doe, 1999]{Doe:1999}
Doe, J., 1999. another reference

\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}


The key in this case is in the \bibitem format. So depending on your own setup this can be used as a template for your referencing. An MWE of your document as suggested by Corentin would be useful to provide more details. Note that I used both the passive \citep and active \citet ways to reference in the text in the example.

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