My university's thesis guidelines require that each bibliographic entry appear in whole on a single page, rather than being split across two. How can I prevent (La)TeX breaking a paragraph across a page boundary?

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You can modify the variable that tells TeX how bad an idea it is to break up lines of a paragraph as follows:


The 10000 there means TeX will never do this. This could mean that a long paragraph could even overrun the bottom of a page. If you just want to make a strong suggestion, use a smaller number.

  • In addition, you might want to add some stretchy glue between paragraphs \parskip0pt plus\baselineskip so that TeX will feel free to stretch out the spaces between the paragraphs/bibliography entries to fill the page.
    – TH.
    Aug 26, 2010 at 21:10
  • How would one get that added between each bibliography entry and the next?
    – SamB
    Nov 23, 2010 at 17:59
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    @SamB: Probably a \bgroup \interlinepenality=10000 \parskip0pt plus\baselineskip \thebibliography \egroup would do it (not tested).
    – Daniel
    Jul 19, 2011 at 6:35

If the page breaks are occurring where there are \pars in the .bbl file, edit the bibliography style file by adding a \nobreak after each. Note that editing BibTeX style files is not for the faint of heart. texdoc btxhak seems to be the only documentation available.

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