# How to remove the section number from References?

I am using the following for the bibliography part:

\bibliographystyle{APA}
\bibliography{Bibliography/mybib}


and I am getting a section number for the reference part. How can I remove it (I just want to have the title References without any number before it)?

Here are the coding structure

 \documentclass[twocolumn,a4paper,10pt]{article}
\usepackage{natbib}
\usepackage[nottoc,numbib]{tocbibind}
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\apptocmd{\thebibliography}{\scriptsize}{}{}
\newcounter{numbersec}
\renewcommand{\section}[1]{\par\noindent\stepcounter{numbersec}
\par
\vspace{6pt}
\noindent\textbf{\large   \arabic{numbersec} \hspace*{0.3cm} #1 }
\par
\vspace{2pt}
}
\renewcommand{\subsection}[1]{
\par
\vspace{6pt}
\noindent\textbf{#1}
\par
}
\renewcommand{\subsubsection}[1]{%
\par
\vspace{6pt}
\textbf{#1.}
}
\renewcommand{\bibname}{References}


... the body of the file...

\bibliographystyle{APA}
\bibliography{Bibliography/mybib}

• What class are you using? – Sigur Jan 7 '14 at 22:15
• Welcome to TeX.SX! what document class are you using, and how do you launch the bibliography? the answer might be as simple as using \section*{References}, but that often depends on the document class – barbara beeton Jan 7 '14 at 22:17
• Thank you for your welcome. I am very new to LaTex. Actually I am using a conference template in which the documents starts with \documentclass[twocolumn,a4paper,10pt]{article}. I put all the article information into mybib file. This is all I do! @barbara beeton – saeedi Jan 7 '14 at 22:40
• @saeedi Do you think you could put a minimal example code which still shows the undesired effect so that we could work on that one? – Masroor Jan 8 '14 at 1:24
• Why are you redefining all sectioning commands in that way? Starred versions are not defined... – karlkoeller Jan 8 '14 at 10:25

The apparent redefinition of \section is problematic in a number of ways. It disables the cross-referencing mechanism and does not provide for ToC entries or headers. Worse, it does not preclude page breaks immediately after a section heading. And -- as Karl Koeller has pointed out -- it does not provide a starred (non-numbered) version. As the thebibliography environment of the article class relies on \section*, your template will result in a numbered bibliography section (which will display an unwanted asterisk after the number).

I recommended to abandon the template and to use either the standard \section(*) command or a modified version which isn't missing essential features. In case you absolutely have to use the above, deficient template, add the following to your preamble to provide a starred, non-numbered version of \section:

\usepackage{suffix}
\WithSuffix\newcommand\section*[1]{%
\par
\vspace{6pt}%
\noindent\textbf{\large #1 }%
\par
\vspace{2pt}%
}


MWE:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{natbib}

\newcounter{numbersec}
\renewcommand{\section}[1]{%
\stepcounter{numbersec}%
\par
\vspace{6pt}%
\noindent\textbf{\large \arabic{numbersec} \hspace*{0.3cm} #1 }%
\par
\vspace{2pt}%
}

\usepackage{suffix}
\WithSuffix\newcommand\section*[1]{%
\par
\vspace{6pt}%
\noindent\textbf{\large #1 }%
\par
\vspace{2pt}%
}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@misc{A01,
author = {Author, A.},
year = {2001},
title = {Alpha},
}
\end{filecontents}

\begin{document}

\nocite{*}

\bibliographystyle{APA}
\bibliography{\jobname}

\end{document}