How can I cite author (e.g. John Doe) with year inline following this format:

According to Doe (2013) LaTeX is very powerful...

I am using biblatex with style=authoryear & backend=biber.

After trying some commands and google search it did not worked. But to make citations in the end of text citations I am using \parencite{Doe2013} and it works as I need

.....(Doe, 2013)

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You are looking for \textcite.

For all the cite commands have a look at §3.8 Citation Commands of the biblatex documentation.


\documentclass[british, a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{xpatch}% to patch the editor macros
\usepackage[style=authoryear, backend=biber]{biblatex}

  author        = {Arnold Uthor and William Riter},
  title         = {A Very Interesting Article},
  journal       = {Journal of Articles},
  volume        = {7},
  page          = {1-5},
  date          = {2013},
  author        = {Walter Ordsmith},
  editor        = {Eddie Ditor},
  title         = {The Work},
  subtitle      = {Subtitle},
  date          = {1983},

  Text \textcite{testbook} bla.

  Comparison of \verb|*cite| commands:
    \verb|\cite|      & \cite{testart}\\
    \verb|\parencite| & \parencite{testart}\\
    \verb|\textcite|  & \textcite{testart}\\

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  • Thanks Moewe, but that command gives me the key Doe2013 and not Doe (2013) as I need :) – AbreuFreire Sep 3 '13 at 15:18
  • yes it is! I used your example above running it in my texmkr and the output is like yours. But then I changed the key testbook to Or83 (author and year of that same reference) and then the output has the format I got with my project (the reason for my post here). Do you know if the issue is addressed to some type of config? Thanks :) – AbreuFreire Sep 3 '13 at 16:37
  • Yes the change was in doc and .bib file. Texmaker 3.4. Frequently I run apt-get update so I think it is updated. Tex system is "vanilla" TexLive (2012). – AbreuFreire Sep 3 '13 at 16:46
  • biblatex V. 28797 (2.5) and biber V. 28798 (1.5) – AbreuFreire Sep 3 '13 at 16:54
  • in my project just replaced a citation key AuthorYear by Author and it gave my the output I need :D yay! just do not understand why it happens. Thanks for your attention. – AbreuFreire Sep 3 '13 at 17:04

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