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Communication Studies

Write an annotated bibliography

Entries in an annotated bibliography have two parts:

  • a correct citation in the required style (APA, MLA, etc.)
  • a critical analysis of the source's content

Some good websites that describe Annotated Bibliographies: 

APA Citation Examples

APA Citation Examples

For for more details, check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab's guide to citations in APA style

Note:  APA requires double-space and hanging indent.

            This video shows you how to sent hanging indents in MS Word. 

            Also note: ironically, in this guide, there is no way to make the following examples hanging indent.  

Don't forget the hanging indent!

  • Book:
    • Johnson-Woods, T. (2007). Blame Canada!: South Park and popular culture. New York, NY: Continuum. 
  • Chapter from a Book:
    • Kashem, M. A. (2007). Use of television as a community media by farmers in Bangladesh. In K. Fuller (Ed.), Community media: International perspectives (pp. 69-76). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Journal Article:
    • Sinclair, J. (2009). The advertising industry in Latin America. International Communication Gazette, 71, 713-733. doi: 10.1177/1748048509345065
  • Statistics from a report:
    • Euromonitor International. Austria: Market Value - Historic - Value at Current Prices [Data file]. Available from
  • Online Newspaper:
    • Jacobs, A. (2010, April 1). Desprite strains, China leader to attend nuclear meeting in U.S. The New York Times. Retrieved from 
  • Website: 
    • Smith, A. (2011, June 1). Twitter update 2011. Retrieved from 
  • YouTube Video (more info from the APA Style blog):
    • Alden Library. (2012, July 25). How to find a book in Alden Library [Video file]. Retrieved from 
  • Data from Statista (Note: cite the creator/source of the data as the author, NOT Statista, but indicate that the information comes from the Statista website. This is basically a website citation.) 
    • International Telecommunication Union. (2011, October). Number of active mobile broadband subsciptions worldwide from 2005 to 2011 (in millions). Retrieved from 
Subjects: Communication