# Where to find a comprehensive overview of the features of the ConTeXt cite command?

I need to use the \cite command in ConTeXt very often for in-text citations in APA format, in a wide range of forms, e.g.:

1. (Author, YYYY)
2. Author (YYYY)
3. (Author, YYYY, p. n)
4. Author (YYYY, p. n)
5. (Author, YYYY, p. n; Author, YYYY, p. n) % two or more citations together
6. Title % title mentioned alone
7. Year % year mentioned alone
8. Author's (YYYY) % with possession
9. (p. n) % page number cited alone
10. p. n % page number cited alone

Rather than posting a new question each time I encounter a new form which I need to cite (e.g. How to display in-text citations in the Author (Year) format in ConTeXt? and How to add page numbers to APA citations in ConTeXt? How to add an APA-style citation with no author in ConTeXt?), I wonder if there is some reference listing all of the available options in the \cite command?

I can find nothing in the ConTeXt manual and nothing in ConTeXt Garden's entry on cite and related entries on bibliographies.

## 1 Answer

Documentation:

You can find the documentation for bibliographies here: bibmod-doc

A new implementation is currently in beta. You can find the documentation for it here:

Some examples:

These citation styles seem to work out of the box:

• (Author, YYYY)

\cite[alternative=authoryears][author2001]

• Author (YYYY)

\cite[alternative=authoryear][author2001]

• (Author, YYYY, p. n)

\cite[alternative=authoryears,extras={, p.~n}][author2001]

• (Author, YYYY, p. n; Author, YYYY, p. n)

(\cite[alternative=authoryears,left={},right={},extras={, p.~n}][author2001]; \cite[alternative=authoryears,left={},right={},extras={, p.~n}][buthor2001])


This is very clumsy

• Author (YYYY, p. n)

\cite[alternative=authoryear,extras={, p.~n}][author2001]

• Year

\cite[year,left={},right={}][author2001]

• Author's (YYYY)

\cite[alternative=author,left={},right={}][author2001]'s \cite[year][author2001]


This is not very elegant

Snippets:

To make citing more comfortable, it would be useful to define wrappers:

\def\citet{\dosingleempty\doCiteT}
\def\doCiteT[#1]#2{%
\iffirstargument
\cite[alternative=authoryear,extras={, #1}][#2]%
\else
\cite[alternative=authoryear][#2]%
\fi
}

\def\citep{\dosingleempty\doCiteP}
\def\doCiteP[#1]#2{%
\iffirstargument
\cite[alternative=authoryears,extras={, #1}][#2]%
\else
\cite[alternative=authoryears][#2]%
\fi
}

\define[1]\citeyear{\cite[alternative=year,left={},right={}][#1]}
\define[1]\citeauthor{\cite[alternative=author,left={},right={}][#1]}


Now you can use:

• \citet{author2001}
• \citep{author2001}
• \citet[p. n]{author2001}
• \citep[p. n]{author2001}
• \citeyear{author2001}
• \citeauthor{author2001}