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I am using IEEEtran to format my references in IEEE format as a part of my thesis work. My project supervisor wants me to increase the line spacing in references section. I am using .bib file for my references. Please refer to the attached image. The references have very little line spacing by default. I want to have something like double line spacing in the reference section also. How should I do it ?

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    Are you using biblatex or the .bst files that come with IEEEtran? Can you show us an MWE/MWEB of what you have so far?
    – moewe
    Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 12:33
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    You could try for instance \linespread{1.5}\selectfont just before \bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}. I'm not sure if this is what you want to do.
    – Ilbant
    Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 12:34
  • I am using filename.bib for the references section (TexStudio). \linespread{1.5}\selectfont does not achieve the desired objective
    – ShJ
    Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 12:59
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    I think there was a typo in @llbant's comment: The advice should be to write \linespread{1.5}\selectfont immediately before the \bibliography instruction.
    – Mico
    Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 13:10
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    @ShiS - Glad the comment was helpful. Regarding your follow-up query: Please be more specific. Otherwise, the only sensible (though not exactly illuminating!) answer is, "yes".
    – Mico
    Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 13:41

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To change line-spacing in a LaTeX document, either for the document as a whole or for selected parts, it's a good idea to load the setspace package in the preamble. Then, if the linespacing needs to be increased just for the bibliography, simply issue the instruction


immediately before \bibliography{...} if you use BibTeX, or immediately before \printbibliography if you use biblatex.

Aside: Loading the setspace package and issuing a \setstretch directive is safer, in general, than using the low-level TeX macros \baselineskip and \linespread.

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