I added my BibTeX references following:



but within my ToC the style is not adapted and the page numbering not aligned

The output looks like:

TOC excerpt

but References should be formated like Conclusion, including the chapter number and page number aligned right. How can I adjust the style of the added chapter to be formatted appropriate?

Here's a working example that illustrates it


\usepackage[numbers, square]{natbib}  



\tableofcontents % ToC

% add odd sections to illustrate
\section{chapter 1}
\section{chapter 2}
\section{chapter 3}
\subsection{chapter 3.1}
\subsection{chapter 3.2}
\section{chapter 4}


% add chapter for references


The output in ToC is still References1, but the page number should be aligned right.


1 Answer 1


Since you are using natbib, which I guess from the style plainnat, I recommend redefining \bibsection in your preamble, instead of using \addcontentsline in the document:


Originally \bibsection uses \chapter* which doesn't create a TOC entry, in contrast to \chapter.

If you use a class without chapters, such as article, define it using \section and possibly \refname:


With your minimal example, I got:

natbib section example

  • 2
    @80leaves The bibliography won't be numbered if it's put after \backmatter in the book class.
    – egreg
    Commented Oct 30, 2011 at 11:59
  • This makes the bibliography receive an appendix letter if it appears after an \appendix command. How can this be avoided?
    – oarfish
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 14:34
  • @oarfish That's the way \appendix works - following chapters get a letter instead of a number. But it depends on the class. Perhaps ask this as a new question.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 15:28

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