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Answered By: Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016     Views: 1807

There are no formal APA guidelines for formatting an annotated bibliography.

We recommend formatting based on a standard APA References Page. 

Each entry in an annotated bibliography begins with a full references page citation. The citation begins on the left margin and subsequent lines are indented using a hanging indent. The annotation of the source follows the citation and this section of the entry is indented further than the normal hanging indent.

Each entry is listed in alphabetical order using the first word of the citation (note that articles--a, and, the--are ignored for alphabetizing purposes if the citation begins with a title.) Also, like all APA documents, the annotated bibliography is typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and is double spaced.  There are no extra spaces between entries.

NoodleTools can simplify the formatting of an annotated bibliography. For more information, see