# How to change Bibliography heading?

Let's take article document class with bibliography:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
Some text \cite{key01}.
\begin{thebibliography}{9}% 2nd arg is the width of the widest label.
\bibitem{key01}
Beeblebrox, Zaphod, Galactic University Press
etc. etc.
\end{thebibliography}
\end{document}


Above list of bibliography entries there is References which looks like generates with: \section*{References} .

I would like it to look like default text.

How to change it ?

Should I \renewcommand to overwrite default \section ? If yes, how to revert default \section later ? If other more elegant option exists, could you provide ?

(pdflatex)

You can use the \let\store\macro command, which saves the current definition of \macro to \store.

## The Code

\documentclass[parskip]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[margin=15mm]{geometry}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}

\section{test}

\let\oldsection\section
\renewcommand*{\section}[1]{#1}

\section{new test}

\let\section\oldsection

\section{reverted?}

\end{document}


## The Output ##

Edit 1: Much easier, fully working approach: use options inside \renewcommand{\refname}{}.

## The Code

\documentclass[parskip]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[margin=15mm]{geometry}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}

\section{test}

\renewcommand{\refname}{\normalfont\selectfont\normalsize References}

\section{new test}

\begin{thebibliography}{depth}
\bibitem{atuning}Volker Wollny (Hrsg.): {\it Amiga--Tuning}.
Interest--Verlag, Augsburg, 1996.
\end{thebibliography}

\section{reverted?}

\end{document}


## The Output

• I like more your first solution; using the second approach you are also silently modifying possible headers since \refname is used to produce them, and this could not be desirable. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 29 '12 at 3:50
• @GonzaloMedina: But the first one doesn't work properly: it prints *References instead of References, due to the bibliography using section* I think. However trying the \let course as before fails for section*. – Tom Bombadil Aug 29 '12 at 3:58
• You're right; first one doesn't work. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 29 '12 at 4:00

One option would be to use the titlesec package to locally redefine the section formatting:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{titlesec}

\begin{document}

\section{Test Section One}

\begingroup
\titleformat*{\section}{\normalfont}
\begin{thebibliography}{depth}
\bibitem{a} Test
\end{thebibliography}
\endgroup

\section{Test Section Two}

\end{document}


Another option is to patch the \thebibliography command to replace the default \section*{\refname} with \refname; this can be easily done with the help of the etoolbox package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{etoolbox}

\patchcmd{\thebibliography}{\section*{\refname}}{\refname}{}{}

\begin{document}

\section{Test Section One}

\begin{thebibliography}{depth}
\bibitem{a} Test
\end{thebibliography}

\section{Test Section Two}

\end{document}


Without any packages, the necessary redefinition would be:

\documentclass{article}

\makeatletter
\renewenvironment{thebibliography}[1]
{\refname%
\@mkboth{\MakeUppercase\refname}{\MakeUppercase\refname}%
\list{\@biblabel{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}%
{\settowidth\labelwidth{\@biblabel{#1}}%
\leftmargin\labelwidth
\@openbib@code
\usecounter{enumiv}%
\let\p@enumiv\@empty
\renewcommand\theenumiv{\@arabic\c@enumiv}}%
\sloppy
\clubpenalty4000
\@clubpenalty \clubpenalty
\widowpenalty4000%
\sfcode\.\@m}
{\def\@noitemerr
{\@latex@warning{Empty thebibliography' environment}}%
\endlist}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\section{Test Section One}

\begin{thebibliography}{depth}
\bibitem{a} Test
\end{thebibliography}

\section{Test Section Two}

\end{document}
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The last two examples produce the same output as the first one, so I didn't upload the repeated images.