I need to switch from APA citation to Chicago author-date. One thing that I couldn't find is how to cite within parentheses with other text, for example like this: (see James 2013 for an introduction)

In APA I could use \nptextcite to omit the parentheses but I couldn't find something similar for the biblatex-chicago package. Does anyone know a solution?

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    I don't think Chicago style distinguishes between citations in parentheses and citations not in parentheses in the way APA style does (which made \nptextcite necessary in the first place), so you could probably just use \cite.
    – moewe
    May 2, 2019 at 10:10
  • That actually solves it! Thanks! When I just use cite, there are no parentheses around it May 2, 2019 at 10:13

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As far as I am aware, unlike APA style, Chicago style does not demand a different for citations inside and outside of a pair of parentheses. This distinction is something characteristic of APA style.

So the 'equivalent' of biblatex-apa's \nptextcite for biblatex-chicago is probably just \cite: That will give you a citation without parentheses.


\usepackage[authordate, backend=biber]{biblatex-chicago}


(see \cite{sigfridsson} for an introduction)


(see Sigfridsson and Ryde 1998 for an introduction)

If you are already heavily using \nptextcite in your paper and don't want to switch the command in case you go back to biblatex-apa, you can add


to your preamble.

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