# Change bibliography starting number

I am currently using the usual field \begin{thebibliography} for my references at the end of my scientific papers. The numbers of the citations go from [1] to [19], as usual.

I would like to change this. I would like that the starting number were [9], to [27], for the citations.

How could I do?

Strange, but if you want...

\documentclass[]{article}

\begin{document}

Let us cite \cite{a1},  \cite{a2} and \cite{a3}.

\begin{thebibliography}{99}
\makeatletter
\makeatother

\bibitem{a1}
A1
\bibitem{a2}
A2
\bibitem{a3}
A3
\end{thebibliography}

\end{document}


• Perfect, that's what I needed! Many thanks from Italy to Poland! :-) – DavideChicco.it May 15 '13 at 14:13