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I am using two packages \usepackage{cite} and \usepackage{chicago} to create the appropriate references. Using the command \cite(ref) delivers the output of, e.g., (Smith 2015), but I need to insert a comma into it to get (Smith, 2015). How could I do it without switching to the natbib package. Thank you for any help.

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    Welcome to TeX.SE. What might be the reason for not wanting to load the natbib citation management package? – Mico Aug 18 '15 at 12:54
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    According to the user guide of the cite package, it is meant to be used to generate numeric-style citation call-outs. I woudn't use it for authoryear-style citation call-outs. – Mico Aug 18 '15 at 13:30
  • Thank you. I realized that indeed it is not handy to use the cite package for authoryear-style citation. Have switched to natbib instead. – Olga Aug 18 '15 at 14:48
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I know you asked for a solution with cite (and apparently settled with natbib instead), but I want to suggest you consider migrating to biblatex as a replacement for bibtex in the future. See:

There's even a biblatex-chicago package to produce citations and bibliographies compliant with the Chicago Manual of Style, although the standard author-date styles are often more than enough.

The following MWE, for example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[authordate,strict]{biblatex-chicago}
\addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib}
\begin{document}
\autocites{aristotle:physics,cicero,companion,bertram}
\printbibliography
\end{document}

would output

minimal working example sample

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