I have a very basic problem. I would like to cite a paper along with a result in it obtaining the following output:

Joyce (1922, Theorem 24)

Instead, by using standard \cite[Theorem 24]{Ulysses}, I get the following:

(Joyce, 1922, Theorem 24)

Is there a way to get what I am looking for, using the natbib package.

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    Please make your code compilable (if possible), or at least complete it with \documentclass{...}, the required \usepackage's, \begin{document}, and \end{document}. That may seem tedious to you, but think of the extra work it represents for TeX.SX users willing to give you a hand. Help them help you: remove that one hurdle between you and a solution to your problem. The packages and cite-style you use matter here.
    – jjdb
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 14:46
  • @jjdb: I do understand your comment. I just did not include the code because I followed a previous question on a rather close topic, which did not contain the code, since the question was rather straightforward and general (so to speak code-independent). Here there is the question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/36918/…
    – Kolmin
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 15:17
  • Moreover, I am a bit at loss, since the entire code would be \documentclass{article} \usepackage{natbib} \begin{document} \cite[Theorem 24]{Ulysses} \end{document}. (Of course I am assuming the existence of a Ulysses entry in a bib file where Joyce is the author, the publication year is 1922 and that's it.) The problematic issue would be the sintax of \citeto get the desired output.
    – Kolmin
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 15:22
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    Well, edit that into your question. The .bib file can be included by the filecontents package, see e.g. here, starting with \usepackage{filecontents}, then include your entries in between \begin{filecontents}{jobname.bib} and \end{filecontents}. But you could have a look at the natbib Documentation, especially p.7 would be helpful for you ;)
    – jjdb
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 15:36

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Page 7 of the natbib-Documentation has an overview of all the citation commands:

\citet{jon90} ⇒ Jones et al. (1990)

\citet[chap.~2]{jon90} ⇒ Jones et al. (1990, chap. 2)

\citep{jon90} ⇒ (Jones et al., 1990)

\citep[chap.~2]{jon90} ⇒ (Jones et al., 1990, chap. 2)

\citep[see][]{jon90} ⇒ (see Jones et al., 1990)

\citep[see][chap.~2]{jon90} ⇒ (see Jones et al., 1990, chap. 2)

\citet*{jon90} ⇒ Jones, Baker, and Williams (1990)

\citep*{jon90} ⇒ (Jones, Baker, and Williams, 1990)

These appear also on the first page of the reference sheet.

Alternatively, you can change the settings via \setcitestyle{·}, see later in the manual.

  • Thanks a lot for the answer! Actually, I did not edit the question nor I check the documentation not out of laziness, but just because I didn't have any access to a computer until now. :)
    – Kolmin
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 8:04
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    @Kolmin Don't worry, you're not expected to jump immediately if someone here says so ;) Btw, in case you don't have internet access, you can also access the documentation by typing texdoc natbib in a terminal if you're using TexLive on a UNIX-like system, see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/367893/… Maybe there is also a way for Windows-Latex-Distributions, but I'm not aware of such.
    – jjdb
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 9:23
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    @Kolmin Also, instead of using natbib with bibtex I recommend you to consider a change to biblatex/biber, which also has natbib support with more flexibility, see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/25701/… for a comparison.
    – jjdb
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 9:25
  • Thanks a lot for pointing my attention to biblatex/biber: I was not aware of that. I will take a serious look at it.
    – Kolmin
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 11:21

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