I put all my references in a file PaperBib.bib, and call \bibliography{PaperBib} in the end. I have several questions:

  1. For the references part, is it possible to make my own style? For instance, I want to print only Author, Title, booktitle, pages, volume and year; and ignore note.

  2. For where I use \cite{...} in the paper, at the moment only a number closed by [] is shown to represent the reference. How could I print [authors year] or [authors number] when I want?

Edit1: By the way, I am using bibtex.

  • Are you using bibtex or biblatex?
    – Caramdir
    Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 1:52
  • I am using bibtex
    – SoftTimur
    Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 22:37

2 Answers 2


I suggest that you use the natbib package, which provides a few additional citation commands, along with several bibliography citation styles, one of which may meet your needs. Your query is not very specific, but it appears that you're after some author-year citation style rather than one of the numeric citation styles. Natbib offers several author-year citation systems. You can find the documentation for the natbib package on any CTAN (Central TeX Archive Network) repository.


I’d prefere biblatex instead of natbib because it’s more flexible and highly customizable.

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