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By default biber simply numbers the entries in my bibliography. How can I change the style to reflect the citation reference names I choose instead?


  author    = {Abcd Somebody}, 
  title     = {some title},
  publisher = {some publisher},
  year      = 1990,
  volume    = 2

% no additional configuration of biblography
% ...

 Hey this is a source \cite{myownreference} that should show up.

Result: Hey this is a source[myownreference] that should show up.

marked as duplicate by moewe, Zarko, gernot, egreg, TeXnician Mar 26 '17 at 9:59

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  • Where does the command \MakeBibliography come from? Maybe your question gets easier to answer if you make a minimal working example with bibliography (MWEB) – user36296 Mar 20 '17 at 13:16
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    I think you are searching for this: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/173620/… , if you change it to backend=biber it should work for you – Bobyandbob Mar 20 '17 at 13:44
  • Do you really want 'myownreference' to show? That goes against the spirit of biblatex? Why don't you choose a name you can remember and let biblatex figure the label out itself. – moewe Mar 21 '17 at 11:44
  • Have a look at Use BibTeX key as the cite key Your question looks like a duplicate of either that question or biblatex style “bibtex key”. I will probably vote to close your question as a duplicate in due time, if you don't come back with any more questions or complaints. – moewe Mar 22 '17 at 16:44

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