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How to Write an APA Format Bibliography

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An APA format bibliography is an alphabetical listing of all sources that might be used to write a paper, essay, article or research paper. In some cases, your instructor may require you to hand in a bibliography with your final paper. Even if it is not a required part of your assignment, writing a bibliography is a good idea. Even if you don't end up using each and every resource in your finished paper, having a list of all your potential sources will make it much easier to create your final reference list in proper APA format. When you do use a source in your paper, you simply need to include an in-text citation and add it to your references page. By doing this, you will save yourself the hassle of going back to figure out where the original sources of your citations came from.

A bibliography is similar to a reference section, but there are some important differences. While a reference section includes every single source that was actually cited in your paper, a bibliography may include sources that you considered using but may have dismissed because they were irrelevant or outdated. In some cases, you instructor may require you to create an annotaed bibliography. This differs from a normal bibliography in that each entry contains a brief summary of what the source was about. In some instances, the annotation may only be a sentence or two long. In other instances, your instructor may require you to write an entire paragraph for each entry.

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