I am writing a document following the documentclass report. Besides natbib package, I also use the multibib package to put reference lists inside the document and not only at the end.

Now, I want the titles of the intermediate reference lists to follow the style of \subsection*{}, but it appears following the style of \chapter*{}.

The final bibliography (relating to the whole document) can/should stay in \chapter*{}-style, though.

Is there any way to manipulate this style? Or any way to just get rid of the multibib bibliography title at all? Then I could just use \subsection*{} directly...

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In natbib the References section is formatted using the macro \bibsection, which is subsequently used by multibib if used together with natbib. The macro is defined as follows:

\section *{\refname \@mkboth {\MakeUppercase {\refname }}{\MakeUppercase {\refname }}}

This definition starts with \section, which you can change into \subsection (or anything else). Apart from modifying the source code, you can also 'patch' the command temporarily with \patchcmd from the etoolbox package. This macro takes five arguments: the command to patch, a search string, a replacement string, and two arguments which are executed in case the patching succeeds or fails, respectively, which can also be left empty. After you patch for the intermediate bibliography you can patch it back for the main bibliography.


    author = {Chicken, C},
    title = {Chicken},
    publisher = {Chicken Press},
    year = {2010}
    author = {Turkey, T},
    title = {Turkey},
    publisher = {Turkey Press},
    year = {2010}

\newcites{q}{Intermediate References}

\section{On Chickens And Turkeys}
Regular reference: \citep{chicken:2010fj}. Intermediate reference: \citepq{turkey:2010jk}.


Result: enter image description here

Note that is also possible to print multiple bibliographies with biblatex, see for example biblatex: Single out specific bibliography entries.

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