Writing an APA-Style Annotated Bibliography

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An annotated bibliography in APA style is a complete list of all references used, the publication information for each source and a short description or summary of each source. Write an annotated bibliography in APA style with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshop.com, and I'm going to talk about how to write an APA formatted annotated bibliography. Now, an annotated bibliography is one in which you give a couple sentences as a summary of the references that you used. So, an APA format generally has the source and then in parentheses the date of the publication, followed by a description of it, and in the case of an Internet resource you would also include the date, when it was retrieved, and the link for it. So, I'm going to read you an example of what that concise summary might sound like. The reference is Center for Immigration Studies, CIS Panel on Immigration after 9/11. And then the concise description might be something like, "The article discusses immigration issue between Mexico and the United States", and then a couple more sentence just giving a concise description. Depending on the person who assigned it, or depending on what the assignment entails, the professor may ask you to also give a little reflection, or give a little bit of a description about how this will help you with your paper. So you might have to include something that says "this article will help me to clarify some of the immigration issues and their importance after 9/11". So, that's just a little bit of an idea about how to write an annotated APA style bibliography.


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