I decided to turn the original question into several questions and simplified the basic one. Many thanks to Alan Munn.

I would like to use biblatex, however I found no simple guide for beginners BY EXAMPLE.

I read this Biblatex guide?, but it is not by example.

This guide, which I found in this question: What to do to switch to biblatex? in the last answer, does not concentrate on the following.

At first I thought this question biblatex in a nutshell (for beginners) might help, but it doesn't really do that.

I hope there is someone who is willing to pick up the gauntlet and create a simple guide by example, without general option, but with many sample different types of citations really written. (Feel free to revise the question top to bottom in order to provide the simplest guide for beginners as an answer. I'm willing to contribute as much as I can)

The bibliography is in a .bib file, of course.

My own citation style needs are rather traditional. I need a simple author-year like AuthorLastName (1995). I can use a possessive version of citation: AuthorLastName's (1995) (the 's should be added by a suitable command). Parentheses citation (ALN (1995)) might be easy to achieve manually if it is complicated. From time to time multiple authors citation like AuthorLastName, ALN2 and ALN3(2001) may be found helpful, as multiple authors by the first author last name like ALN et al. (2002) should be available. Multiple citations for the same author(s): ALN (2003,2004) looks like an integral part.


  • Your title says BibTeX but all of the links are about biblatex: which is it you are after?
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 2, 2013 at 15:45
  • I'm still not really clear on what you want: I think you want details for creating/modifying biblatex style files (.bbx/.cbx) rather than the 'user' part of what to put in your LaTeX sources. However, I'm not sure how 'by example' helps here: it's not a short topic as there are so many variables.
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 2, 2013 at 15:49
  • I'm curious about this citation style. What field/journal is it used in?
    – Alan Munn
    Nov 2, 2013 at 15:56
  • @joseph-wright - I am after a simple (without many options) \cite like related commands. the basic commands like \usepackage{biblatex} should be included in an example of course. The asterisk option is a specific need of mine, that might be written in a different question. I wish to avoid external files (you mentioned .bbx / .cbx which I am not familiar with) Nov 2, 2013 at 15:56
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    You are not the first to ask for this weird style BibLaTeX citing style, maybe the answer in the second link can help you. In your case you can choose either authoryear or numeric as basis and steal some commands from the other to put together your style.
    – moewe
    Nov 2, 2013 at 16:33


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