# Biblatex custom cite macro

I don't really understand how to use macros, but this would be a good way to learn. Currently, I simply use `\cite`, which prints Author, Year. When I have this in a sentence, I want the year to be in brackets, so it looks like Author (Year),

I can do this manually with

``````\citeauthor{author} (\citeyear{author}), conducted a detailed study on different methods of...
``````

But this would be a drag to type out every time. How would I create a macro such as `\citeintext{author}` that would do all that for me?

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Welcome to TeX.sx! Wouldn't `\textcite{author} conducted ...` be what you're looking for? –  egreg Feb 11 '13 at 15:09
Yes, yes it would be -facepalm- Thanks, I really am new to this! –  Blackstone Feb 11 '13 at 15:13

With the basic author-year style, there are two main commands:

``````\textcite{key}
\parencite{key}
``````

The former is for textual citations, the latter for parenthetical ones:

``````... as we see in the fundamental book by \textcite{key1}. Some developments
have appeared recently \parencite{key2}.
``````

will appear something like

… as we see in the fundamental book by Author (1990). Some developments have appeared recently (Scholar, 2012).

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There's also the higher-level command `\autocite` which maps to `\parencite` for author-year-styles. –  lockstep Feb 11 '13 at 15:25