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I use the environment thebibliograghy for a document of the book class, but I'd like to have a bibliography title formatted like a section title (no page clearing, for example) instead of a chapter title (the book is a collection of papers each one being a chapter and having its own bibliography).

Can thebibliography environment be changed so to create a title formatted like the one of a section instead of chapter?

Thanks in advance for any clue.

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    Does this answer your question? How can I create a bibliography like a section? – DG' Mar 10 at 22:09
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    The question marked as duplicate uses the article document class. Treating the bibliography as \section* will format it in the desired manner, but will include it (incorrectly) in the current chapter. Even if \clearpage is used, there will be a running head left over from that chapter. To correct that, \markboth{Bibliography}{Bibliography} can be entered after \clearpage. – barbara beeton Mar 12 at 17:21
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    @DG' That question is very different because deals with article class, and it's just asking how the convert the thebibliography, which is already formatted as a section, from unnumbered to numbered. However the solution, even though does not answer directly my question, can be adapted to. In fact \usepackage{etoolbox} \patchcmd{\thebibliography}{\chapter*}{\section*}{}{} make thebibliography environment look like a section in book class. I think the question should be reopened, and answered for future reference. – mmj Mar 14 at 11:18
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As suggested in the comments, in a book class document you can make the title of thebibliography environment look like a section (instead of chapter) title by adding the following lines to your preamble:

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\patchcmd{\thebibliography}{\chapter*}{\section*}{}{}
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