I want to cite motion pictures and TV series using commands such as \citep{} and a external bibtex file. What is the proper way?

I'm using the natlib package and the configuration commands \citestyle{chicago} and \bibliographystyle{plainnat}. My attempt was writing this to the external .bib file:

    title={How {I} met your mother},
    note={Premiered on CBS}

But the output of \citep{} will be him, that is, the first three letters of the cite key. I was expecting something like

How I met your mother, 2005.

The ideal output on the references would be

How I met your mother, 2005. Premiered on CBS.

natbib's manual say that, in cases where there isn't an author or year, it uses the key field to cite an entry. By doing so, \citep{himym} will only give me what's inside key, without the year.

  • The key field is an extra field that you can add to a record. It's not the same as the Cite Key.
    – Alan Munn
    Apr 25, 2011 at 23:30
  • That's true. I'll edit my question.
    – rberaldo
    Apr 26, 2011 at 0:10

1 Answer 1


Heres's a solution using biblatex -- with this package, the title replaces a missing author for author-year-styles.




    title={How {I} met your mother},
    year= {2005},
    note={Premiered on CBS},





  • After managing to install biblatex, this solution worked perfectly. Thank you very much.
    – rberaldo
    Apr 26, 2011 at 0:58

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