I use biblatex and \printbibliography to add a bibliography at the end of my document. I would like the references in a smaller fontsize than the document's default.

{\small \printbibliography} does not work. It merely shrinks the space right above "References".

A minimal working example:




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{\small \printbibliography}


It assumes you have following BibTex file, named library.bib:

author = {Savit, Robert and Manuca, Radu and Riolo, Rick},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.2203},
issn = {0031-9007},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = {10},
pages = {2203--2206},
publisher = {American Physical Society},
title = {{Adaptive Competition, Market Efficiency, and Phase Transitions}},
url = {http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.2203},
volume = {82},
year = {1999}
author = {Nowak, Martin A. and Sigmund, Karl},
doi = {10.1126/science.1093411},
issn = {1095-9203},
journal = {Science},
number = {5659},
pages = {793--799},
pmid = {14764867},
publisher = {AAAS},
title = {{Evolutionary dynamics of biological games}},
url = {http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14764867},
volume = {303},
year = {2004}

Use \AtNextBibliography{\small} or in the preamble \AtBeginBibliography{\small}

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    One could also use \renewcommand*{\bibfont}{\small} to reduce the font size for all bibliographies. – moewe Jan 14 '17 at 15:39
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    @moewe Do you want to add your comment as answer? I'd be happy to vote up. – Boern May 22 at 7:13

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