I need to change the font size of reference title in ctexbook. An obvious way is redefining the \bibname macro. However, that would change the heading as well. For example, \renewcommand{\bibname}{\zihao{2} 参考文献} leads to

So, my question is how to change the font size of the title without affecting the heading. Since biblatex is incompatible with many other packages, I would prefer non-biblatex solution.

  • the size of the references title is almost always defined in the document class; often it's simply an application of \chapter or \section. so unless the document class is known, it's not possible to help. Apr 7, 2016 at 17:09
  • @barbarabeeton I've edited to emphasize the document class ctexbook. I guess the problem exists in other document classes as well. Apr 8, 2016 at 0:35

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Motivated by Gonzalo Medina's answer from How to remove the “References” title, I use \patchcmd to modify the definition of \thebibliography.


gives what I want.

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