How do I format paragraphs for an annotated bibliography?


The 7th Edition of the APA Style Guide sets the following guidelines for annotated bibliographies:

  • The references should be presented in alphabetical order by the author's last name, just like a standard reference list. 
  • Annotation paragraphs should be below the reference that they are discussing.
  • Using the paragraph window in Microsoft Word, indent the annotation paragraph by 0.5 inches/1.27 cm., the same as you would for a block quotation.
  • Do not add an additional indent to the paragraph.
  • If the annotation spans multiple paragraphs, indent any paragraphs beyond the first an additional 0.5 inches/1.27 cm.
  • Do not add a space between paragraphs in an annotated bibliography.
  • Normally, you do not need to use in-text citations in an annotation paragraph, as it is clear through context that you're getting the information from the source you're annotating. However, if you refer to a different work within the paragraph, you need to include an in-text citation for that (American Psychological Association, p. 307).



American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed.).


  • Last Updated Mar 27, 2024
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