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I need to make my (BibTeX) references section appear in the table of contents of my LaTeX document (documentclass: article), with section numbering too.

My approach until now has been making a new section and including the bibliography (references.bib) at that point:


However, the final document shows both the section title that I have written and the section title that BibTeX writes, which is quite redundant and I definitely dislike.

How can I either remove BibTeX's section title, or make the BibTeX bibliography appear in the table of contents without making a new section?

If I were to make the BibTeX bibliography appear in the table of contents without making a new section, how could I assure that the section title that BibTeX writes looks exactly like sections typeset with \section?

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which documentclass you are using? –  Herbert Jan 7 '11 at 15:34
The information on this related question might be useful. –  Juan A. Navarro Jan 7 '11 at 15:46
@Juan: The related question was actually more tricky because it included "downgrading" the bibliography from a chapter to a section. –  lockstep Jan 7 '11 at 15:50
@Herbert: I am using the article documentclass. –  Genba Jan 7 '11 at 15:55

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As Herbert has hinted, your document class may include options to control the inclusion of the bibliography in the table of contents. For standard classes (article, book, report), adding \usepackage[nottoc,numbib]{tocbibind} to your document preamble should work. See the tocbibind documentation for more details.

EDIT: Herbert's suggestion (adding \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{References}) may result in an incorrect ToC entry unless the Reference section is forced on a separate page with \clearpage:



  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},







% \clearpage


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If I want that Bibliography not appears in TOC? –  hsigrist Nov 2 '11 at 22:53
@hsigrist: This is the default behaviour in many classes. –  lockstep Nov 2 '11 at 22:55
The first suggestion is nice (tocbibind), but it changes the name of the section from "References" to "Bibliography". The former is more accurate in my case. Is there a simple way to change it back? –  naught101 Apr 26 '12 at 6:40
this: \settocbibname{References} –  naught101 Apr 26 '12 at 6:46
This doesn't work for me. I use report. Check out the complete source and the result document. –  Emanuel Berg Feb 27 '13 at 2:06

Using hyperref, one should say:




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Brilliant. Thanks. –  hadi May 30 at 19:01
This works perfectly! –  Scott Griffiths Jun 21 at 23:21

The following should help, I think:


If you don't want the bibliography to have a chapter number, use the following instead:

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This works indeed, but forces you to use the KOMA classes. –  Henri Menke Aug 6 '13 at 19:24


\nocite{*}% only for demo to get the entries from komoedie


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@Herbert: This will always place the Reference section on a separate page, which may not be appropriate for the article class. –  lockstep Jan 7 '11 at 16:17
@lockstep: sure, this is what I prefer. If one want it not start at an own page then deleting of clearpage maybe a good idea ... :-) –  Herbert Jan 7 '11 at 16:19
@Herbert: Assuming one deletes clearpage, could it happen that \addcontentsline will point to the wrong page if the Reference section by chance starts a new page? (I dimly remember that I stumbled upon such behaviour once, but I'm not sure about it.) –  lockstep Jan 7 '11 at 16:25
@Herbert: I reproduced the problematic behaviour - see my edited answer. –  lockstep Jan 7 '11 at 20:23
@lockstep: ah, a competition, I like it :-) No extra answer by me, because it didn't help the one who ask a question ... However: \let\Section\section \def\section*#1{\Section*{#1} \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{References}} \bibliography{\jobname} –  Herbert Jan 7 '11 at 20:50

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