How can I tell LaTeX to write additional content to bbl file?

Background of my question (see also MWE below): The page number for the bibliography displayed in the table of contents is correct if and only if \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Bibliography} is placed at the beginning of the thebibliography environment. Hence, using bibTeX I need to write \addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Bibliography} into the bbl file. If I place it before \begin{thebibliography} the page number is first page of bibliography - 1, if I place it after \end{thebibliography} it is last page of bibliography + 1 (which in the MWE would be correct but not in general).



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The correct approach to add a bibliography entry to the ToC is not to fiddle with the .bbl file, but a) to add \addcontentsline{toc}{(sectioning level>}{Bibliography} to the (class-dependend!) definition of the thebibliography environment or b) to load packages for this task, e.g., \usepackage[nottoc]{tocbibind}.

See also Bibliography in table of contents; Gonzalo Medina's answer shows how to patch the thebibliography environment for the book class.

  • Apparently tocbibind is incompatible with imakeidx. In particular, including tocbibind results in the loss of `\indexprologue{abc}. Therefore I do no like including a package just for this purpose. One never knows what side effects new packages may possibly have ...
    – lpdbw
    Feb 24, 2013 at 17:00
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    @lpdbw Use Gonzalo Medina's approach or try to load imakeidx after tocbibind.
    – lockstep
    Feb 24, 2013 at 17:02
  • Yes, loading imakeidx after tocibind works. I wonder whether there are other unwanted effects due to tocibind which I am still ignoring ... I also tried Gonzalo Medina's second approach (the one with redefining \thebibliography) ... a remaining issue in combination with hyperref, is that if I click on the ToC entry for the bibliography, I jump to the first bib entry but not (as it should be) to the title of the bibliography ... maybe I will make this a comment of Medina's answer.
    – lpdbw
    Feb 24, 2013 at 17:08

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