Using the tufte-latex package, the tufte-book class replaces the page argument from the cite command with a positioning argument, therefore impariring the possibility of citing pages. Is there a way to go around it an keep citing with pages?

The normal way of using tufte-book without pages is like this:

tufte-mwe.tex :

A citation\cite{Tufte2001}. 


    author = {Edward R. Tufte},
    title = {The Visual Display of Quantitative Information},
    publisher = {Graphics Press},
    year = {2001},
    address = {Cheshire, Connecticut},
    isbn = {0-9613921-4-2}

Produces this: Normal tufte-book citation

But using cite to insert page numbers like this:

A citation\cite[p.50]{Tufte2001}. 

Doesn't work and produces this: tufte-book with page numbers

This is because the tufte-book class expects a measure of position and not a page number (to append to the citation) as an argument.


edit: added mwe and precisions

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    – user31729
    Commented Oct 9, 2014 at 21:45
  • I don't know how it works in natbib but I think you can add the pages field in your reference, and then maybe they'll appear in your citation.
    – Aradnix
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 2:28
  • Thanks, Aradnix, you're right. But that doesn't work to reference a specific page within a reference, a book page for instance.
    – Erispoe
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 3:17
  • You can use ´biblatex´. There is a related question here. The patch is described on the original tufte page.
    – Andy
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 4:57
  • Thanks for the reference. It works, with a modification of the renewcommand for cite. Also, the package version in CRAN is older than the sources, you need to go to the sources directly.
    – Erispoe
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 18:07

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You can find the answer at the following question: How to include page number in citations in a Tufte-Book document class?

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