Since my bibligraphy stretches over several pages I would like to make only these pages multicolum (2 columns) and maybe also make their text size a bit smaller than the document standard.

How is this possible?

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    – Guido
    Oct 17, 2012 at 8:56
  • possible duplicate of Bibliography in two columns, section title in one
    – lockstep
    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:04
  • I believe this is not an exact duplicate since here the text is made smaller as well.
    – yo'
    Oct 17, 2012 at 11:11

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A simple way is to load the multicol package and then use


EDIT: A problem with the above solution is that References appears in the first column, at the same level as the bibliography. For the standard classes, a (better) alternative is the following:


and then use the standard way in which you insert your bibliography.

In this way the (section) heading for the reference/bibliography appears before starting the columns.

Different classes might need different patches.

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    \begin{multicols}{2}\smaller ... after loading \usepackage{relsize} ;)
    – yo'
    Oct 17, 2012 at 8:56
  • Using your first suggestion worked perfect in report. Also, using relsize with \smaller made it look amazing.
    – chwi
    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:09
  • @Wilhelmsen With report it can produce very bad results.
    – Guido
    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:17
  • hmm, okey. But your second solution; how do you specify which bibliography file to be used? I have only used bibtex for my references
    – chwi
    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:21
  • \thebibliography is called internally by \bibliography{<bibfile>}. So you do not have to change anything, Just use `\bibliography{<bibfile(s)>}
    – Guido
    Oct 17, 2012 at 10:26

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