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Sample APA Annotated Bibliography

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Sample APA Annotated Bibliography

  1. 1. Sample APA Annotated Bibliography Battle, K. (2007). Child poverty: The evolution and impact of child benefits. In Covell, K., & Howe, R. B. (Eds), A question of commitment: Children's rights in Canada (pp. 21-44). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Press. Laurier University Ken Battle draws on a close study of government documents, as well as his own research as an extensively-published policy analyst, to explain Canadian child benefit programs. He outlines some fundamental assumptions supporting the belief that all society members should contribute to the upbringing of children. His comparison of child poverty rates in a number of countries is a useful wake-up to anyone assuming Canadian society is doing a good job of protecting children. Battle pays particular attention to the National Child Benefit (NCB), arguing that it did not deserve to be criticized by politicians and journalists. He outlines the NCB’s development, costs, and benefits, and laments that the Conservative government scaled it back in favor of the inferior Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). However, he relies too heavily on his own work; he is the sole or primary author of almost half the sources in his bibliography. He could make this work stronger by drawing from others' perspectives and analyses. However, Battle does offer a valuable source for this essay, because the chapter provides a concise overview of government-funded assistance currently available to parents. This offers context for analyzing the scope and financial reality of child poverty in Canada. Citation Mention of the methods used Qualifications of the author or authors Summary of the argument and/or findings Evaluation of the work, for example the logic of the arguments or value of evidence How this work supports your research Turn over
  2. 2. What do I need to include in my annotated bibliography? An annotated bibliography might be an overview of a topic, or it might be something you write in preparation for a specific research essay. Many annotated bibliographies include: • A citation to the article, chapter, or other work • Qualifications of the author or authors • Mention of the methods the authors used • A summary of the argument and/or findings • Evaluation of the work, for example the logic of the arguments or value of the evidence • How this work supports your own research Note that both APA requires text to be double-spaced, but your instructor might provide other instructions. General guidelines Some annotations are merely descriptive, summarizing the authors' qualifications, research methods, and arguments. Many annotations evaluate the quality of scholarship in a book or article. You might want to consider the logic of authors' arguments, and the quality of their evidence. Your findings can be positive, negative, or mixed.Your professor might also want you to explain why the source is relevant to your assignment. Rules! rules! rules! The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.) states the following formatting rules: • The text and the reference list should be double-spaced unless your teacher instructs you otherwise. • Numbering starts on the title page, at the top right of the page. • Reference list entries must have a hanging indent • There should be 1 inch margins all around (top, bottom, left, and right) on each page. • Use Times Roman font, or a similar serif font, size 12. • Each paragraph should be indented. • Annotated bibliographies are usually 150-200 words. !

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