I am trying to add some text to a citation that is put as a footer. The citation references to an earlier citation but has a different page. So far it works like this:

While Adams himself does not think that his premise (4)


Now I want to add some text after the "348."

How can I accomplish this?

• Does \autocite[\ppno~347--348, see also his earlier work]{RobertAdams1991} do what you want? You will have to use \ppno or \pno (the former is for pages, the latter for one page) to force the page prefix before the page numbers; you do not have to do this if the argument only contains numbers (and a few other characters such as 347-348 or 347--348). – moewe Oct 10 '13 at 15:36
• An alternative would be \autocites(see also his earlier work)[347-348]{RobertAdams1991}: multicite commands allow a different notation for "global" pre and post-notes (i.e., notes printed before and after the whole citation command), via \autocites(<multiprenote>)(<multipostnote>)[<prenote 1>][<postnote 1>]{<entry 1>}[<prenote n>][<postnote n>]{<entry n>}. See § 3.7.3 of the documentation – henrique Oct 10 '13 at 19:20
• thanks both solution work ! I prefer the latter though :) – IHeartAndroid Oct 11 '13 at 9:57
• @henrique You should turn your comment into an answer. – moewe Oct 11 '13 at 12:58

You have two options:

1. Using the same citation mecanism you're already working with, you can add any kind of information to the postnote argument: Just keep in mind that if the contents of this argument is not numerical, biblatex will not be able to automatically format it: biblatex can turn [347-348] into pp.~347-348 (or [347--348] into pp.~347--348), but it does not know what is a page range and what is a textual note in [347-348, see also his earlier work]. In other words, it can parse number ranges as page ranges, but anything else will disturb this automation and be treated as a textual string. So you should use \autocite[\ppno~347--348, see his earlier work]{RobertAdams1991} as suggested by moewe. See §3.7.1 (as well as §3.7.8, on \pno, \ppno and other commands related to page ranges notation) of the documentation.

2. An alternative would be to use the multicite mechanism:\autocites(see also his earlier work)[347-348]{RobertAdams1991}. Multicite commands allow a different notation for “global” pre and post-notes (i.e., notes printed before and after the whole citation command), via \autocites(<multiprenote>)(<multipostnote>)[<prenote 1>][<postnote 1>]{<entry 1>}[<prenote n>][<postnote n>]{<entry n>} Just like with regular citation commands, when there's only one of the arguments it treats it as the post-note. See § 3.7.3 of the documentation.

Here's a MWE exploring these possibilities:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[style=authoryear]{biblatex}
\begin{document}
\thispagestyle{empty}

\autocite[347--348]{knuth:ct} is the same as
\autocite[\ppno~347--348]{knuth:ct}