# How can I reformat the lists throughout a document?

Forgive me for asking what I'm sure is such a simple question, but I haven't been able to dredge up an answer off Google.

I'm working on a document which contains a series of topic descriptions followed by short bibliographies. I'm entering the bibliographies as short lists. I'd like to reformat all of the unordered lists in the document to have no bullet, start flush left, and have a quarter-inch or so hanging indent. In other words, I'd like these all to look like bibliographies. Is there a way to redefine the list format at the start of the document so that they all take this form?

In case there's some special way of formatting bibliographies internal to LaTeX, I should say that I'm not actually working in LaTeX; I'm working in Markdown and using pandoc to convert to PDF through pdfTeX. So I want to leave this as a simple unordered list.

Thanks for any help!

As mbork said, you can use the enumitem package. In the following example I creted a new list-like environment (which I called biblist) having the desired behaviour and then used this environment to define (in a very simplistic way) the secbib environment to write the word "References" in bold-faced \large font and using the biblist environment to write the entries:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem}

\newlist{biblist}{itemize}{10}
\setlist[biblist,1]{label=,leftmargin=0.25in,itemindent=-0.25in}

\newcommand*\TestText{text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text  text text text text text text  text text text text text text}

\newenvironment{secbib}
{\textbf{\large References}\begin{biblist}}
{\end{biblist}}

\begin{document}

\section{Test section one}
\begin{secbib}
\item \TestText
\item \TestText
\end{secbib}

\section{Test section two}
\begin{secbib}
\item \TestText
\item \TestText
\end{secbib}

\end{document}

The result:

Notice that you will still have a lot of work to do: manually formatting the bibliographical entries can be really time consuming. I would suggest you to consider a different approach: let the bibliographical entries be formatted automatically for you. This can be done in (at least) two ways:

1) Using BiBTeX and the chapterbib package, or

2) Using biblatex and its refsection environment. Here's a minimal working example showing this last alternative:

\begin{filecontents*}{mybib.bib}
@book{goossens93,
author = "Michel Goossens and Frank Mittlebach and Alexander Samarin",
title = "The Latex Companion",
year = "1993",
}

@book{knuth79,
author = "Donald E. Knuth",
title = "Tex and Metafont, New Directions in Typesetting",
year = "1979",
publisher = "American Mathematical Society and Digital Press",
}

@book{lamport94,
author = "Leslie Lamport",
title = "Latex: A Document Preparation System",
year = "1994",
edition = "Second",
}

@misc{patashnik88,
author = "Oren Patashnik",
title = "{B}ib{T}e{X}ing.  Documentation for General {B}ib{T}e{X} users",
year = "1988",
howpublished = "Electronic document accompanying BibTeX
distribution"
}
\end{filecontents*}

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[style=authoryear]{biblatex}

\begin{document}
\section{Test section one}

\begin{refsection}
\nocite{goossens93,lamport94}
\end{refsection}

\section{Test section two}

\begin{refsection}
\nocite{patashnik88,knuth79}