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MMR Library Resource Centre. Documentation. What is it?. A list of all the sources you used for your research. In alphabetical order Special style. Why?. You must say if you borrowed the material and where you borrowed it from.

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What is it
What is it?

  • A list of all the sources you used for your research.

  • In alphabetical order

  • Special style


  • You must say if you borrowed the material and where you borrowed it from.

  • You must give credit to the author for any information you use.

  • Your work is honest, not plagiarized.

Which style
Which style?

APA style

MLA style

  • English

  • Arts

  • History

  • Languages

  • Geography

  • Science

  • Tech

  • Business

  • Social Sciences

Apa style



DVDs, Videos

Online Databases


Many other possibilities

APA Style

Apa style1
APA Style

  • Author’s name

  • Date

  • Title

  • Publisher

  • Place of Publication

Apa style print
APA Style - Print



Title of book.

Place of Publication:


Gifford, C.



Mankato, MN:

Marshall Cavendish.

Apa style online encyclopedia
APA Style –Online Encyclopedia

Asenjo, B.



The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.

Retrieved May 9, 2008, from

Thomson Gale database.

Annotated References

  • A summary and/or evaluation of the resource

  • A short paragraph after each citation on your References list

  • Format can vary – your teacher will give you guidelines

Annotated References Why?

  • You read each resource more carefully.

  • You read each resource more critically.

  • Helps you narrow down your topic.

  • Helps you develop your own point of view and/or your arguments.

Annotated ReferencesWhat to include?

  • It is okay to write in the first person (“I”).

  • A few sentences to summarize your source.

  • Not necessary to summarize the whole book if you used only a section.

Annotated ReferencesWhat to include?

  • Author’s background and qualifications:

Who is the author?

What makes him/her an expert?

Annotated ReferencesWhat to include?

  • A bit of analysis about the source:

  • Is it reliable?

  • Is it up to date?

  • Is the research biased or objective?

  • Is the reading level right for you?

  • Does it help you narrow down your topic?


  • Write a short paragraph after each citation.

  • Follow the examples on the handout.

  • Ask for help if you need it!

Helpful web links
Helpful Web Links

APA Style

Print and Media Sources

Online Sources



Library at Lansing Community College, Lansing MI, 2010.