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Always evaluate websites for information quality and reliability because anyone with a bit of knowledge about computers and the Internet can put information on the World Wide Web.

Academic research is different from personal research because academic research requires current, correct, and well-documented information written by institutions/people who are authorities on their subjects.  

Sites should be unbiased UNLESS biased information is useful for a particular assignment.

The World Wide Web is a place of business, and sites that want to sell products or services have a different purpose from sites that exist to educate.

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APA Format for Bibliographies

For this project, you'll be completing an "Annotated Bibliography" following the APA format.

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents where each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 100 to 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation.

You're being asked to stop, think about your sources, and write a sentence or two about why you chose the resources you used.


  • Give credit where credit is due
  • Provide hard evidence
  • Promote originality
  • Prevent plagiarism
  • Create better researchers

General format

Citing Books:

Look for the author's name, publication year, work title, publication city and publisher.

Example:      Henderson, Mark, Baker, Joanne & Crilly, Tony. (2009). 100 Most Important Science Ideas : Key Concepts in Genetics, Physics and Mathematics. Richmond Hill, Ont: Firefly Books.

Online Sources:

Look for the author, date, page title, site title, available page numbers if given, and a URL or DOI if available (digital object identifier).

Example:     Science World at Telus World of Science. (2016, January) Teen Events. Retrieved from Science World Website .


In Text Citations

Below are THREE examples of APA in-text referencing for quotes. The format used depends on how you are using the quote in your writing.

Paraphrasing also requires an in-text citation if you are summarizing another's words into your own.

1. Murphy (2012) stated that "there is a book out there for everyone" (p.190).

2. "I believe that there is a book out there for everyone" (Murphy, 2012, p.190).

3. Murphy was a firm believer that there was a book for everyone (Murphy, 2012, p.190).

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