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APA Annotated Bibliography

This guide will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating an annotated bibliography in APA 7th edition format.

Write Annotations

puzzle piece labeled "annotation"What is an annotation?

To annotate is to make notes or commentary. In terms of class assignments, an annotation is typically a concise summary and/or evaluation of a source. The annotation can range anywhere from one to two paragraphs (or more) depending on the format specified by your instructor.

Summarize. Analyze. Evaluate.

An annotation is typically a brief paragraph where you would . . .

  1. Summarize and explain what the chosen source is about.
  2. Analyze the content to see if it includes the information you need and whether or not the author is credible.
  3. Evaluate the usefulness of the source and how (or if) it will contribute to your overall project (or paper). 


Carefully read the assignment given by your instructor so that you know exactly what information they would like included in the annotation.


Check your understanding by answering these review questions. If you get one wrong, read back through the material and try again!