apa citation annotated bibliography

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An annotated bibliography is a list of works and books including evaluative and descriptive comments about sources that is cited in your paper. The comments are known as annotations. In formatting APA citation, here is what you need to know.

How an Annotated Bibliography Is Created
  • search for relevant sources3 min / source
  • skim through the referencefrom 7 min / source
  • read info about the authorfrom 4 min / source
  • write an annotationfrom 6 min / source
  • format the referencefrom 2 min / source
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Formatting APA Citation Annotated Bibliography

Citation: In APA citation annotated bibliography you need to know about the format. It must be formatted in bibliographic style that your teacher request you to do.

Annotation: This is approximately about 100 to 300 words in length or one paragraph. Sometimes, it depends to your professor because he may have different expectations. An annotation includes:

  • Summary of source
  • Source’s weakness and strengths
  • Conclusions
  • Why your source is important in your study
  • Its relationship to other field of study
  • Evaluation of research methodology
  • Details about author’s background
  • Personal conclusions about your source

MLA Citation Annotated Bibliography Style Format

MLA: Hanging indent is required for citations in bibliography. The bibliography must be double-spaced wherein both must within citation and must between them.

Shine, J.D.. P. Garcia and P.J. Smith. “ Predicting Distribution of Squatch in North America:

APA: Hanging indent is required for citation in bibliography. The annotation must be indented two additional spaces as block.

D’Me. G.. Smith, C.. Hickerson. J.. & Roger. E.J. (2003). Impact of internet on library use: Analysis of the current

Consumer market for internet services and library. Journal of American Society for Information Science and Technology

43(13), 909-920. doi: 12. 1004/asi/10201

Critical Annotated Bibliography Getting Started

  • Choose your own sources: You need to choose your sources and locate records that can be helpful to your topic.
  • Review items: You must review actual items and be sure to give a numerous perspectives on your topic. With this, article abstracts will help you in the process.
  • Write annotation and citation: In writing annotation, complete citation must come first and annotation should follow. Depending on the bibliography you’re writing, you might want to include:
  • Purpose of work
  • Summary of the content
  • Details about the author
  • Type of audience
  • The relevance of your topic
  • Unique or special feature about your material
  • Research methodology
  • Weaknesses, strengths or any biases in your material

Finally, annotated bibliographies must be arranged chronologically or alphabetically depending on what your professor prefers. If you still not sure if you’re doing everything right, then ask for annotated bibliography help.