I'm currently using biblatex and biber for my bibliography. While using bibstyle=alphabetic and citestyle=alphabetic generates the desired output, I want to edit the footcite format. As you might guess, at the moment it outputs something like this:

both styles alphabetic

I want to change the footcite format to be verbose. Setting citestyle=verbose solves the problem for the footnote but it also changes the citation in the text, what I don't want:

citestyle verbose

Is it possible to set bibstyle=alphabetic, citestyle=alphabetic and something like footcitestyle=verbose?

So the whole document should look like this (I used Photoshop in order to put this together):

desired output

How can I achieve this?

Here is a MWE:


author = {Ford, Rebecca},
title  = {Earthquake: Twitter Users Learned of Tremors
          Seconds Before Feeling Them},
date   = {2011-08},
url    = {http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/earthquake-twitter-users-learned-tremors-226481}

\usepackage[backend=biber, natbib=true, backref=true, citestyle=alphabetic, bibstyle=alphabetic, labeldate]{biblatex}


It is true that \cite{ford} is wrong.

Citing in a footnote\footcite{ford} might be adventurous.


  • 1
    I'm rather certain that it can be done somehow. But why do you want to confuse your readers by using two different reference systems? Jul 1, 2015 at 10:31
  • 1
    Good argument. I think that citing with citestyle=verbose in my text confuses the readers because it's hard to read the whole sentence. However, citing with citestyle=alphabetic in a footnote doesn't give the information I would expect in that place. But yeah, there might be different arguments and all are valid.
    – sqe
    Jul 1, 2015 at 10:34
  • But why do you use \cite in the text at all? \textcite would be okay. Jul 1, 2015 at 10:43
  • 1
    Because you are mixing two citing methods. Why are some in the footnote but other not? Jul 1, 2015 at 11:02
  • 2
    If you only want to use footnotes occasionally, just go with \footfullcite which should give a full citation in a footnote.
    – moewe
    Jul 1, 2015 at 15:08

1 Answer 1


For the sporadic full footnote citation you will want to use \footfullcite, which will give a full citation in the footnote.

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