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About this guide

This guide explains the purpose and process of writing annotated bibliographies, provides information on what constitutes an annotation and offers practical suggestions on how to write an annotation. 

The content of the guide was developed using the following resources:

American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association: The official guide to APA style (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.

King, J. (2010). How to write an annotated bibliography. Access, 24(4), 34-37. 

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University 

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What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An Annotated Bibliography is a list of sources on a particular topic. Sources may include books, journal articles, credible online documents and webpages. The usual format of an Annotated Bibliography is a citation presented in a specific referencing style followed by a concise annotation with information on the content, topic relevance, and quality of the cited source.

Related library guides

Referencing Style Guides: APA 7th ed., Harvard, Oxford, IEEE.

Evaluating Information: visit this guide for information on how to identify trustworthy and reliable sources for your bibliography.

Finding Resources: provides useful tips and advice on effective searching.

Literature Review: includes more information on how to find information and resources.

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