# Citing a cited reference

How would I go about doing this in BibTeX -

Any ideas?

• First of all learning to use bibtex, later finding what's the citation style you need to use. – Aradnix Sep 15 '14 at 21:58
• Perhaps the cross-ref or x-ref field would do what you want. You then should use biblatex+biber. See § 2.4.1 of the documentation of biblatex. – Bernard Sep 15 '14 at 22:00
• Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. @Bernard crossref works with bibtex.... With biblatex, related might be helpful. With bibtex, you could just use the note field. – cfr Sep 15 '14 at 22:10
• \cite[x], cited by \cite[y]? – musarithmia Sep 15 '14 at 22:13
• I'd follow the recommendation You should keep cited references to an absolute minimum and set this minimum to zero. – egreg Sep 16 '14 at 9:43

Use the package natbib, which has many features, and BibTeX.

The bibtex file (ex.bib) is for example:

@Article{john_doe,
author = {{Doe}, J.},
title = "{\it Some title}",
journal = {Book or journal},
year = {2014},
volume = "{\bf 1}",
pages = {5--10},
}


And the source file (ex.tex) is:

\documentclass[12pt]{report}
\usepackage{natbib}

\begin{document}

Some text here \citep[cited by][]{john_doe}.

\bibliographystyle{apalike} %just an example of citation style
\bibliography{ex}{}

\end{document}


Which will produce this two-page file:

But remember, that it is not morally correct to cite publications that you did not read.

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