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Write an annotated bibliography

Entries in an annotated bibliography have two parts; a citation for each book, article, website, video, or other information source that you are consulting, and an evaluation of the source's content. Often this means more than a synopsis of the information provided, but some critical analysis of how useful the source is for your project and soundness of the argument made by the author. 

Here is an example of an annotated bibliography entry for a journal article from the Cornell University Libraries*:

Here are some more resources that discuss writing an annotated bibliography:

 

*Reproduced with permission of Olin Library Reference, Research & Learning Services, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, USA

APA Citation Examples

Here are some examples of common types of sources using the APA style.  For for more details on different types of citations, check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab's guide to citations in APA style

Remember that APA calls for you to double-space your citations and use a hanging indent. That means that only the first line of a citation comes to the left side of the page. All subsequent lines of each citiation are indented one half inch. This video shows you how to sent hanging indents via the Paragraph menu in MS Word. 

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 http://www.portal.euromonitor.com.

Online Newspaper:

Jacobs, A. (2010, April 1). Desprite strains, China leader to attend nuclear meeting in U.S. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/02/world/asia/02china.html?hp. 

Website: 

Smith, A. (2011, June 1). Twitter update 2011. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Twitter-Update-2011.aspx. 

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 http://youtu.be/TZn6t_aqtG4. 

Data from Statista (Note that you should 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 http://www.statista.com/statistics/186337/number-of-mobile-broadband-subscriptions-worldwide-since-2005/.