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Creating citations without brackets

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You may occasionally want to customize the typeset appearance of citations by removing the brackets that surround them. This is a common request from users who have entered labels for items in manual bibliographies. For example, suppose you have a bibliography item with the label Pearson, 2001. Say that you want your text to read

As shown by Pearson 2001, the methodology was inadequate to....

with the words Pearson 2001 generated as a citation for the bibliography item. In the document window, your sentence will appear as


When you typeset the document, the label will appear as the citation and the sentence will appear as

As shown by [Pearson 2001], the methodology was inadequate to....

However, the brackets are inappropriate. You can remove them by modifying the typesetting specifications or by using the cite package.

Modifying the typesetting specifications to omit brackets around all inline citations in the document

  1. Create your document using one of the standard LaTeX shells.

  2. Remove the brackets from the typesetting specification for citations:

    1. From the Typeset menu, choose Preamble.

    2. Click the mouse in the entry area and add these lines to the end of the preamble:




    3. Choose OK.

  3. Create a manual bibliography with labels for each item.

  4. Create citations in the text:

    1. Place the insertion point where you want a citation to appear.

    2. From the Insert menu, choose Typeset Object and then choose Citation.

    3. In the Citation dialog, enter the key of the item you want to cite and choose OK.

  5. Typeset your document.

Using the cite package to omit brackets around all inline citations in the document

  1. Add the cite package to your document.

  2. From the Typeset menu, choose Preamble.

  3. On a new line at the end of the preamble entries, type \let\cite=\citen.

  4. Choose OK.

  5. Create a manual bibliography with labels for each item.

  6. Create citations in the text.

  7. Typeset your document.

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Last revised 08/08/05

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