I have tried to look around to see, if I could change my bibliography title, but its name is still in Danish. In Danish, the word for 'References' is 'Litteratur', but I want to change the name to 'References'. I have tried to renew the command \refname but nothing happens. Do you know how to fix it? I'm just using \cite{something} and then writing my references myself.

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{extarticle}

\usepackage[english, danish]{babel}
\usepackage[left=0.5in, right=0.5in, top=0.8in, bottom=0.8in]{geometry}
\usepackage[breaklinks, colorlinks,linkcolor=NavyBlue, citecolor=NavyBlue, urlcolor=Blue]{hyperref}
\usepackage{tikz, pgfplots}


\bibitem{Oversigtsnote 1}
\textit{Oversigts note 1} skrevet af \textit{HH}
\bibitem{Oversigtsnote 2}
\textit{Oversigts note 2} skrevet af \textit{HH}
\bibitem{Oversigtsnote 3}
\textit{Oversigts note 3} skrevet af \textit{HH}

This is my result:

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    Does \addto{\captionsdanish}{\renewcommand\refname{References}} solve the issue? – gusbrs May 17 '18 at 18:46
  • Yes, it does. Thank you. Can you explain to me the syntax of this command? How does it work and why? - If it's possible to explain, it appears to be a very simple code... And maybe why my renewed command didn't work. – Cazo May 17 '18 at 19:04
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    The case here is that you are using babel which, to make such things as the bibliography title language localized, uses a more elaborate structure. So, with babel, you need to use the \addto{\captions<language>}{...} to get the desired result. – gusbrs May 17 '18 at 19:12
  • you're loading inputenc twice, also utf8x is to be avoided as an unmaintained package is loaded, that has lots of bugs and other nasties. furthermore, hyperref should be loaded as late as possible. titlesec loaded twice as well. and last but not least, after some clean up, your code does produce the proper headlines for your references. – naphaneal May 17 '18 at 19:55

This simple example produces a short report with Danish headlines.


\usepackage[english,danish]{babel} %changing order of languages turns Danish headlines to English.

        year = {2013-10},
        title = {Information und Dokumentation -- Richtlinien f{\"u}r Titelangaben und Zitierung von Informationsressourcen (DIN ISO 690:2013-10)},
        address = {Berlin},
        publisher = {{Beuth Verlag GmbH}},
        author = {{Deutsches Institut f{\"u}r Normung}},


% Title Page
\title{some title}


    stuff happens here


\chapter{some title}

\section{another title}



babel can handle different languages, but the order is important, as the last given language will be loaded as the desired one. So to have English headlines change the order of languages in babel options.

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