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I added my BibTeX references following:



but within my ToC the style is not adapted and the page numbering not aligned

The output looks like:

TOC excerpt

but References should be formated like Conclusion, including the chapter number and page number aligned right. How can I adjust the style of the added chapter to be formatted appropriate?

Here's a working example that illustrates it


\usepackage[numbers, square]{natbib}  



\tableofcontents % ToC

% add odd sections to illustrate
\section{chapter 1}
\section{chapter 2}
\section{chapter 3}
\subsection{chapter 3.1}
\subsection{chapter 3.2}
\section{chapter 4}


% add chapter for references


The output in ToC is still References1, but the page number should be aligned right.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem so other users can reproduce the problem easily and accurately. – doncherry Aug 21 '11 at 12:59
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Since you are using natbib, which I guess from the style plainnat, I recommend redefining \bibsection in your preamble, instead of using \addcontentsline in the document:


Originally \bibsection uses \chapter* which doesn't create a TOC entry, in contrast to \chapter.

If you use a class without chapters, such as article, define it using \section and possibly \refname:


With your minimal example, I got:

natbib section example

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thats amazing! Thanks a lot! – 80leaves Aug 21 '11 at 14:24
@80leaves The bibliography won't be numbered if it's put after \backmatter in the book class. – egreg Oct 30 '11 at 11:59
This makes the bibliography receive an appendix letter if it appears after an \appendix command. How can this be avoided? – oarfish Sep 18 '15 at 14:34
@oarfish That's the way \appendix works - following chapters get a letter instead of a number. But it depends on the class. Perhaps ask this as a new question. – Stefan Kottwitz Sep 18 '15 at 15:28

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