For days I’ve been messing around now with the otherwise great biblatex package but, alas, I am overwhelmed by all the technical mumbo-jumbo in its documentation. The thing I want to do is (hopefully) quite simple:

I want a citation with page-number and parentheses such as this one

``Some quote'' \citep[185]{author:book}

to look like this:

“Some Quote” (Author 2001: 185)

I tried a number of citestyles but I never come even close to that, it always looks something like this:

“Some Quote” (Author, 2001, 185)

Sorry for the probably dumb question but this menial detail is costing me a lot of nerves :(

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    Do you mean \renewcommand*{\postnotedelim}{\addcolon\space} and the \textcite and \parencite commands (assuming some sort of 'authordate' style)?
    – jon
    Sep 23 '13 at 21:01
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    – Werner
    Sep 23 '13 at 22:08

If you prefer to stick with biblatex, this is an easy modification (although it is true that the biblatex manual can be overwhelming at first [and second] glance).

Try this:

\usepackage[style=authoryear, backend=biber, natbib]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib}% ships with biblatex



% note: the 'natbib' option gives you access to natbib-like commands
``Some quote'' \citep[185]{doody}.
According to   \citet[33]{aristotle:anima}, \ldots.

% compare these:
``Some quote'' \parencite[185]{doody}.
According to   \textcite[33]{aristotle:anima}, \ldots.

% and \autocite
``Some quote'' \autocite[185]{doody}.
According to   Aristotle \autocite*[33]{aristotle:anima}, \ldots.


Note, if you are going to use biblatex, I recommend you also make use of csquotes, which was developed by the same package author.

  • Thanks! I think your MWE would benefit from loading standard biblatex and not biblatex-chicago (the latter does not support the standard way of loading bibliography and cite styles) though.
    – moewe
    Sep 24 '13 at 18:23
  • @moewe -- Oops! Good point! (Result of uncareful cutting and pasting....)
    – jon
    Sep 24 '13 at 18:28
  • Wonderful and simple! I’d love to upvote your answer but I don’t have a big enough reputation around here, so I hope you get to read this comment. And I’ve already been using csquote. Thanks! Oct 6 '13 at 18:05
  • @PhilStrahl -- No worries. I'm glad it was helpful!
    – jon
    Oct 7 '13 at 1:04

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