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I have a bibtex list of references and i would like to get the authors' names from a specific entry in my .bib file. Is there a command for that?

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Something like \getauthorname{<bibentry>}? – Werner Feb 5 '13 at 1:44
    

You could use the natbib package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{natbib}

\begin{docuemnt}

\citeauthor{smith90}

\bibliography{bibliography.bib}
\end{document}

See here: http://merkel.zoneo.net/Latex/natbib.php

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