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I'm having a problem with using bibliography styles.

In the preamble:

\usepackage{biblatex}
\bibliography{ref}

If in the document I write:

\printbibliography

I get a version of the bibliography, but with the headline Bibliography, and I want it to say References. When I try to include \bibliographystyle{plain} (I have tried different ones as well) I only get the message:

package biblatex error: \bibliographystyle invalid.

Could someone please help me?

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If you want to choose a style in biblatex, you have to do so as a package option, e.g. \usepackage[style=numeric]{biblatex}. –  domwass Mar 1 '12 at 9:56
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Note also that newer versions of biblatex require you to write \addbibresource{ref.bib} instead of the older command, \bibliography{ref}. –  jon Mar 1 '12 at 14:10
    
Doens't work, I think. I'm using biber with style=plain and it generates tons of errors with style 'plain' not found. –  user19502 Jul 1 '13 at 16:00
    
related: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/66320/… –  matth Jul 1 '13 at 17:59
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You could also define the name in the optional argument to \printbibliography:

\printbibliography[title=References]
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The heading for the bibliography is decided by the class you're using (and that you should have mentioned).

The article class uses the string that's stored in \refname, while report and book use \bibname. From your question it seems that

\renewcommand{\bibname}{References}

should do the trick. Note that the \bibliographystyle command must not be used when using biblatex.

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Try this in the preamble to change the heading:

\DefineBibliographyStrings{english}{%
  bibliography = {References}}
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