Is there a way to change the font style of the "References" section of a document?

I'm using the sectsty package to modify section fonts and my code does not seem to affect the "References" section of my document.

Are there any other packages, tips, or tricks I can use to change this?

Below is the code I'm using. Thanks!

% I want to produce "REFERENCES", not "References"
  • Welcome to tex.sx! I added some other tags that may be relevant to your question. (This also provided the opportunity to create a {sectsty} tag.) – lockstep Mar 7 '11 at 7:10
  • Thank you! Yeah, I tried to add other (existing) tags and it said I couldn't add non-existing tags (but they were existing). Regardless, thanks! – user2473 Mar 7 '11 at 7:18

I would try


Replace \refname by \bibname if your class is book.

If you are using biblatex, the relevant commands are described in section 3.5.7 of the manual (see texdoc biblatex).

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  • This worked great. Thanks for the suggestion! – user2473 Mar 7 '11 at 8:18
  • This may have adverse effects e.g. in the table of contents. – lockstep Mar 7 '11 at 9:12
  • @lockstep Ah, yes I was thinking of that side-effect but didn't test it. Thanks for pointing that. (and +1 to your answer) – chl Mar 7 '11 at 9:21

Instead of adding formatting macros to the definition of \refname (which will produce adverse effects in other places, e.g. in the table of contents), use \MakeUppercase in the definition of \allsectionsfont.


% Including the references in the table of contents


% Would also affect ToC entry
% \renewcommand{\refname}{\MakeUppercase{References}}




Some text.

% Reference section without BibTeX
\bibitem{1} A bibitem.

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