This post shows nicely how to create a sectioned bibliography with biblatex. However, the section titles do not appear automatically in the table of contents. Is there a parameter for the \printbibliography command that will do this for me or do I have to go via the standard \section, \subsection commands?

  • Hi, you should add the key heading=bibintoc as optional argument to \printbibliography.
    – lukeflo
    Sep 22, 2023 at 20:05
  • Thanks, that does work. However, the bibliography section all have the same indent in the toc. I would expect \printbibliography[heading=subbibliography ...] to produce section level indents. Using \section commands instead works better.
    – Greg814
    Sep 22, 2023 at 20:45
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    Depending on the class either heading=bibnumbered, or heading=subbibnumbered, will use \section. The other options will use slightly different commands with different outcomes. We can only tell you which option to use if you can show us a small example document that reproduces your section and bibliography setup and explain exactly which output you would like to see
    – moewe
    Sep 22, 2023 at 21:13

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As commented on the original post I arrive at the desired format using standard sectioning, but for biblatex alone I guess I am missing one more level i.e. "heading=subsubbibintoc". The biblatex version is commented out in the MWE below.

\usepackage[backend=biber, defernumbers=true, style=authoryear, dashed=false, maxbibnames=99]{biblatex}

\chapter{The Big Bang}
\section{First Few Minuites}
\subsection{First Few Seconds}

% desired toc listing using standard sectioning
\section[nonumber=true]{General References}
\printbibliography[heading=none, type=article]
\section[nonumber=true]{Own Publications}
\subsection[nonumber=true]{Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles}
\printbibliography[heading=none, keyword={primary}]
\subsection[nonumber=true]{Conference Contributions}
\printbibliography[heading=none, keyword={secondary}]

%  not desired toc listing
% \printbibheading[title={Bibliography}, heading=bibintoc]
% \printbibliography[heading=bibliography, heading=subbibintoc, type=article, title={General References}]
% \printbibheading[title={Own Publications}, heading=subbibintoc]
% \printbibliography[heading=bibliography, heading=subbibintoc, keyword={primary}, title={Peer-reviewed Articles}]
% \printbibliography[heading=subbibliography, heading=subbibintoc, keyword={secondary}, title={Conference Contributions}]


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