Is there some way to get the title of a citation shown in the normal text instead of the key? I need the titles of some papers I cite in the normal text, so typing them by hand seems to be superfluous if I already have them in my bibtex file.

Is there any way to do this?

  • @lockstep: Why did you add biblatex to the tags? The question does not mention Biblatex, only the accepted answer. – Charles Stewart Feb 9 '11 at 10:10
  • @Charles: See this discussion in meta. Often, biblatex provides solutions to "general" problems regarding bibliographies/citations. – lockstep Feb 9 '11 at 12:26
  • @lockstep: Ah, yes, I remember that discussion now, and you are following your own crystal clear policy. It seems a little odd to me in this case, but Meta is the right place to discuss that. – Charles Stewart Feb 9 '11 at 12:36

biblatex package provides \citetitle command for this. You'd better read the manual and examples of this huge package.

A simple example:

  author =       "Donald E. Knuth",
  title =        "The {\TeX}book",
  publisher =    "Addison-Wesley",
  year =         "1986",
  volume =       "A",
  series =       "Computers and Typesetting",
  pages =        "ix + 483",




The \citetitle in biblatex prints also markup, if you just way the raw title printed use \citefield:


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