No vertical white space after References title in Bibliography [closed]

For some reason, there is no blank space between the bibliography section title (References) and the first reference. I am currently using \bibliographystyle{apalike} as bibliography style and document class article (\documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article}). Does anyone have an idea how to get a baseline skip in between the title 'References' and the first reference?

EDIT: I am using \usepackage{natbib}.

EDIT2: My preamble

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}
\usepackage{natbib}
\usepackage{color}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{appendix}
\usepackage{float}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage{subfigure}
\usepackage{rotating}
\usepackage{eurosym}
\usepackage{bbding}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{setspace}
\usepackage{a4wide}
\usepackage[hang,normalsize,bf]{caption}
\usepackage{lscape}
\usepackage{graphics}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{epstopdf}
\usepackage{placeins}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage[bottom]{footmisc}
\usepackage{bbm}
\bibpunct{(}{)}{;}{a}{,}{,}

\numberwithin{equation}{section}
\interfootnotelinepenalty=10000
%\renewcommand\thetable{\Roman{table}}
\renewcommand\thefigure{\thesection.\arabic{figure}}
\renewcommand\thetable{\thesection.\arabic{table}}
\newcommand{\HRule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.5mm}}
\newcommand{\gargantuaan}{\fontsize{7}{8}\selectfont}

%\hypersetup{
%  pdfborderstyle={/S/U/W 0}% border style will be underline of width 1pt
%}

\makeatletter
\renewcommand*\l@table{\@dottedtocline{1}{1.5em}{2.8em}}
\renewcommand*\l@table{\@dottedtocline{1}{1.5em}{2.8em}}
\makeatother

\makeatletter
\setlength{\@fptop}{0pt}
\makeatother

\begin{document}


closed as off-topic by karlkoeller, Heiko Oberdiek, Werner, Torbjørn T., MenschSep 17 '13 at 20:11

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• With the limited information you are providing, I can only recommend using \vspace*{3mm} where '3mm' can be set as much space as you want. – Mario S. E. Sep 17 '13 at 16:15
• Without a MWE it is very difficult to predict the behaviour of some not-working code, please provide one if you can. – alandella Sep 17 '13 at 16:16
• I understand. There is just not too much I can give as an MWE. Perhaps this helps: s24.postimg.org/aigpfgf05/Example.png You can see there is no space between 'References' and the first reference. Further, the title References is at the right location. As for tex coding, I use the following to create the bibliography: \bibliographystyle{apalike} \bibliography{Bibliography} – Pieter Oudshoorn Sep 17 '13 at 16:20
• Does this behavior persist if you create a minimal test document like \documentclass{article}\usepackage{natbib}\begin{document}\nocite{*}\bibliographystyle{apalike}\bibliography{bib_name_here}\end{document}? If it does not persist, then you should be able to go through the process of creating an MWE that you can then post so we can help you further. – Adam Liter Sep 17 '13 at 16:32
• This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a mistake made and solved by the OP. – karlkoeller Sep 17 '13 at 18:42