# footnote for bibliography section title

I would like to add a footnote to the title of the bibliography (using bibtex). It would look something like this:

Bibliography*

1. reference 1
2. reference 2

etc.

*This is a footnote for Bibliography.

How to do this?

The bibliography without the footnote is generated by:

\bibliographystyle{bst-file-name}
\bibliography{bibtex-database-file}


I use article class with natbib, tocloft and tocbibind packages.

• Are you using packages such as natbib for the bibliography? What's the document class you're using? Such information is crucial. – egreg Mar 10 '15 at 17:04
• @egreg I have edited the question to include this informaton. – bcsikos Mar 10 '15 at 17:34

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@Book{Lam94,
author =    {L. Lamport},
title =     {{\LaTeX}---A Document Preparation System---User's Guide and Reference Manual},
year =      1994,
edition =   {2nd},
note =      {Updated for {\LaTeXe}},
}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{natbib}
\usepackage[nottoc]{tocbibind}
\usepackage[titles]{tocloft}

%%% Code for adding the footnote
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\toc@section}
{\prw@mkboth}
{\BIBFOOTNOTE\prw@mkboth}
{}{}
\AtBeginEnvironment{thebibliography}{%
\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\@fnsymbol{1}}%
}
\makeatother
%%% Here you define the footnote text
\newcommand\BIBFOOTNOTE{%
\footnote{It would be better not having a footnote to the bibliography.}%
}
%%%

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\section{Title}
In his book \cite{lam94}

\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\bibliography{\jobname}

\end{document}


(The picture has been taken with a reduced text height.)

• Happy accidence you were citing Lam94 ;-) – user31729 Mar 10 '15 at 19:31

One way to achieve this is to patch the \thebibliography environment (starter command), such that \section*{\refname} is changed to \section*{\refname\footnote{some text}}.

This does no harm to the toc, since \section*{} does not appear there (in a normal setup).

I additionally changed the footnotesymbol to *. However, this does only yield an asterisk, if the footnote counter is zero so far ;-)

If the document class is book, than \section*{\refname} has to be changed to \chapter*{\bibname}, however

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{xpatch}

\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{localbib.bib}
@Book{GSM97,
AUTHOR = {Michel Goossens and Sebastian Rahtz and Frank Mittelbach},
TITLE = {{T}he {\LaTeX} {G}raphics {C}ompanion},
YEAR = 1997
}

@Book{Lam94,
author =   {L. Lamport},
title =    {{\LaTeX}---A Document Preparation System---User's Guide and Reference Manual},
year =     1994,
edition =  {2nd},
note =     {Updated for {\LaTeXe}}
}
\end{filecontents}

\newcommand{\BibliographyFootnoteText}{My super sophisticated footnote}

\xpatchcmd{\thebibliography}{\section*{\refname}}{\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\fnsymbol{footnote}}\section*{\refname\footnote{\BibliographyFootnoteText}}}{}{}

\begin{document}
In his book \cite{lam94}

\clearpage

\bibliographystyle{unsrt}
\bibliography{localbib}

\end{document}


• Of course my solution is no longer valid, since the OP uses a different setup – user31729 Mar 11 '15 at 11:11