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Assume that I'd like to set the item labels in the "references" list in amsrefs in, say, boldface (or in lining numbers - I have oldstyle numbers set throughout the document). I can do it in citations in the text (obtained through \cite) by means of redefining \citeform; but how to do it for the references list?

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You can change the labels by redefining \BibLabel; for reference, here's the original definition (as given in amsref.sty):


In the following example I patched \BibLabel with the help of \patchcmd from the etoolboxpackage using an auxiliary command (\biblistlabelfont) so that the labels will appear using boldfaced oldstyle numerals:






      author={Knuth, Donald~E.},
      title={{TeX} and {M}etafont, {N}ew {D}irections in {T}ypesetting},
     publisher={American Mathematical Society and Digital Press},

      author={Lamport, Leslie},
      title={{LaTeX}: {A} {D}ocument {P}reparation {S}ystem},
      address={Reading, Massachusetts},

      author={Patashnik, Oren},
      title={{BibTeX}ing. {D}ocumentation for {G}eneral {BibTeX} {U}sers},
      how={Electronic document accompanying BibTeX distribution},



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I'd recommend using \patchcmd because there might be other packages trying to redefine \BibLabel. – Stephan Lehmke Mar 30 '12 at 6:10
@StephanLehmke: yes, that's a good point. I'll update my answer. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 30 '12 at 6:18
@GonzaloMedina: thanks a lot. Already knowing a bit about amsrefs, I did not expect an "easy" way;). – mbork Mar 30 '12 at 6:19
@StephanLehmke: good point indeed, though in my case I know exactly what packages I load and therefore I could do without it. – mbork Mar 30 '12 at 6:20

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