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I'm using BibTex to write an academic paper, and want to write something along the lines of:

Wilson and Milton's (2010) work showed that...

How can I do this when using BibTex with natbib. I've tried using the optional arguments to \citet{} to put things before and after the citation, but that just puts bits inside the brackets.

I assume I need to use \citet{} not \citep{}, but is there a way to get it to do this?

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    Chicago avoids your construction, saying that the author–date construction refers to the work, not the person. Better would be "Wilson and Milton (2010) showed that..." – Charles Stewart Dec 7 '10 at 8:54
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If I understand your question correctly, you want something like AUTHORS-SOMESTUFF-DATEORREF. I defined the following command:

\newcommand{\citesep}[2]{\citeauthor{#1}#2~\cite{#1}}

It's not perfect (see this question), but it's a start.

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