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What style should I use to make the citations rendering as (Einstein, 1915)? Using biblatex on Overleaf

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For real APA citations you want to use the package biblatex-apa (7th-edition APA style) or biblatex-apa6 (6th-edition APA style).

With biblatex-apa use style=apa,. With biblatex-apa6 you'd use style=apa6, in the example below.

\documentclass[american]{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=apa]{biblatex}

\addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib}

\begin{document}
Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson}
ipsum \parencite{worman}
It was shown by \textcite{nussbaum} that

\printbibliography
\end{document}

Lorem (Sigfridsson & Ryde, 1998) ipsum (Worman, 2002) It was shown by Nussbaum (1978) that


If you just want author-year citations and not necessarily all that APA style entails (some people call this class of styles "Harvard style"), you can use the standard authoryear style and customise it to your liking (Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles).

\documentclass[american]{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=authoryear]{biblatex}

\addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib}

\begin{document}
Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson}
ipsum \parencite{worman}
It was shown by \textcite{nussbaum} that

\printbibliography
\end{document}

Lorem (Sigfridsson and Ryde 1998) ipsum (Worman 2002) It was shown by  Nussbaum (1978) that


Independent of the exact details of the style, most biblatex styles print citations in parentheses if you use \parencite. Often it is preferable to use \autocite and configure it to produce citations in parentheses (this is usually the default for author-year styles).

Apart from \autocite and \parencite many biblatex styles define \textcite, which comes in handy in case you want to mention the author in your sentence.

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  • I don't fully understand your example. You say to use biblatex-apa but in your example you're using just biblatex. Also, if I use \usepackage[backend=biber, style=apa]{biblatex} citations appear without parentheses, i.e. Einstein, 1915 instead of (Einstein, 1015). Not working with \parencite also Commented Jan 22, 2021 at 12:03
  • @FedericoTaschin biblatex-apa is the name of the "bundle" that provides the APA style for biblatex that you can use with \usepackage[backend=biber, style=apa]{biblatex}. As you can see in the screenshot both \parencite and \autocite produce parentheses for me with style=apa,. If that is not the case for you, please post a minimal working example that reproduces the incorrect behaviour (tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/228/35864).
    – moewe
    Commented Jan 22, 2021 at 12:43

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