The obsolescent thesis template provided (without support, of course) by my university has a strange problem in the bibliography section:

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The problems are circled: the section is titled as a numbered chapter, it has a random asterisk below it (which also appears as the title in the table of contents), and the correct title ("References", unnumbered) appears immediately before the actual references.

I don't think I'm doing anything particularly unusual (the template itself was broken, and required significant effort to even get compiling, but I think the way it does references is original, or close to it). The code basically looks like:


I tried many things myself to fix this, and didn't get much of anywhere. What I can say is that in the <required-thesis-style-overriding-package>'s ".sty" file, it does:

\global \def \bibname {References}

which seems okay, and changing this changes the text. I also suspect the asterisk comes from misinterpreting a \chapter*{...} somewhere. \bibname is not mentioned anywhere else in the code and \bibsection is not present at all.

What might be going wrong and how can I fix it?

  • Are you allowed to provide a link to an online repository that contains the LaTeX class file?
    – Mico
    Mar 4 at 6:29


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